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Blood Bardos Bullets and Buddhism Source List



Hey everyone, it's been a long time since a written dispatch. And I realize, looking back at my last source list post, I didn't provide the roadmap I was promising. That will change, though I'm thinking an audio update will have to happen as well for those who didn't even know there was a blog on this site. 2020 is looking busier than ever and it kicked off with a much busier schedule than I anticipated, given that the collaboration I did with History on Fire's Daniele Bolelli ballooned into TWO episodes rather than just one and then, well, if you're reading this, you probably listened or are listening to the 5 hour "opus" that was my first real narrative episode in four months. In any event, here is a comprehensive list of sources for this massive thing for those of you wanting to see where I got the info on all this craziness:

1. Andrei Znamenski, Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia, 2011

2. James Palmer, The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of a Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia, 2009

3. Willard Sunderland, The Baron's Cloak: A History of the Russian Empire in War and Revolution, 2014

4. Peter Hopkirk, Setting the East Ablaze: Lenin's Dream of an Empire in Asia, 1984

5. Ferdinand Ossendowski, Beasts, Men and Gods, 1922

6. David Bullock, The Russian Civil War 1918-1922, 2014

7. Michael Foley, Russian Civil War: Red Terror, White Terror, 1917-1922 (History of Terror), 2018

8. S.L. Kuzmin, "How Bloody was the White Baron? Critical Comments on James Palmer's 'The Bloody White Baron'", Inner Asia Vol. 15 No. 1 (p.177-187), 2009

9. Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, "Letters from Baron von Ungern-Sternberg to Pavel Malinovsky as a Historical Source", Ed. S.L. Kuzmin, Inner Asia Vol. 18, 2016


Finally, I should note that there is apparently a primary source from Ungern's staff physician N.M. Riabukhin, but it's only available in microfilm of his typewritten manuscript at the University of Washington library. Maybe one day I'll find a way to take a look at it, but discovering this source and realizing I'd be essentially unable to view and use it was quite a stinging defeat.

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