Author: Austin Wood

The Turning Point:1968

In the popular memory of the last half-century, several years stand out as historical turning points, although none more so than 1968. For those who lived through 1968, events all across the globe seemed to take on lives of their…

Famine of 1946-1947

Famine was a subject in Russian history that was not surprising or new for it’s citizens. Although out of the three famines that occurred in Russian history we know the least about the last one, the famine of 1946-1947 is…

Year of the Stakhanovite

  Arguably one of the most celebrated individual feats of the thirties for the Soviet Union came in the field of the material production in 1935, also known as “The Year of the Stakhanovite”. Gregory Freeze notes in his book Russia: A…

Silent Cinema: The Eisenstein Behind It

Many of you may not be aware, but film after the revolution were well, revolutionary. As Gregory Freeze notes in his text, “The Bolsheviks were cultural revolutionaries, particularly in their feverish attempt to construct a new symbolic world… to bestow…

The Brest Decision for Everyone?

The Bolsheviks ascending to power in November of 1917 following the October Revolution is a very significant occurrence that cannot be overlooked in Russian history. Lenin was a capable and determined leader that could easily gather support, especially because of…