Comment on Chernobyl and the Meltdown of the USSR by Jessica Sutherlin

This was a really cool post! I really liked the picture at the top. Its so interesting how happy and proud of themselves the men look, not even realizing how much danger they were putting themselves in, exposing themselves to all that radiation. I also really liked the first part where you described in detail what actually happened and how the accident occurred,it gave a good background for the rest of the post.

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Comment on No more Friendship and Cooperation by jessrs217

I thought that this was a really interesting post. I like how you connected the ending of the Warsaw pact with the ending of the Soviet Union. The idea that the Warsaw pact was basically a way of suppressing Eastern bloc countries from reaching democracy sooner, kind of shows how Gorbachev knew that Communism was falling, its like the pact was his final attempt to save it, while countering the western NATO countries.

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Comment on Is it Easy Being Young? by amy925

Young people and adolescents tend to always want to rebel against society, so it is a wonder why it took so long for the young people to cause a stir in the first place. Once the Russian youth saw how other country’s young people act, it was only a matter of time before they acted out.

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Comment on Taboos Abound by amy925

This was a really great post on a topic I did not know that much about. It is an interesting point to bring up about how Russia had completely avoided the topic by never even mentioning it. If it had been more open in the past, the ‘revolution’ may not have exploded like it did in the 90s. Great blog post!

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Comment on We Will, We Will Rock You by amy925

I posted on this same topic this week. I think it’s so interesting and strange at the same time. When I think of the USSR, I picture a place that is devoid almost completely devoid of Western culture. That is why this is so interesting because American rock music inspired Russian artists to establish a new genre of music in a conservative society.

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Comment on The Failed Coup by amy925

The fall of the Soviet Union is an interesting thing to study. As the prior comment says, the events that occurred prior to the fall of the USSR are quite similar to the revolutions during the rule of Nicholas II. The people of Russia can only live under horrible conditions for so long before they want a new government.

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Comment on The Disaster That Is Chernobyl by amy925

Chernobyl is such a huge moment in history for Russia and world history. Russia tried to cover up the disaster, but only seemed to make matters worse. It is interesting to think about what could have possibly happened if they did not try to cover it up, but rather accepted and tried to warn surrounding countries of the possible ramifications.

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Comment on Taboos Abound by carastombock

Russia is always five steps behind the rest of the world it seems. This is a really good post! It’s funny how transparency was supposed to become a reality for the Soviet government at this time with glasnost, yet they still felt the need to coverup social issues like this.

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Comment on The Disaster That Is Chernobyl by carastombock

Chernobyl is such an interesting event in history to study. Not only was it a terrible tragedy that shows how nuclear progress can go wrong, but it also exposed the Soviet government for what it was becoming. It forced glasnost to actually happen, but that did not make up for the hesitations and cover up attempts that the Soviets made.

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