Comment on The Gold is Back in the Red Army by Ben Midas

I really liked this post. As I was reading it, I thought back to several posts a few weeks ago about Order no. 1 and how several comrade-classmates felt that the order made the army ineffective. What did the reintroduction of ranks mean for the sentiments behind Order no. 1? How did the government reconcile a rigid rank system with the basic ideas on which the Soviet Union was founded? Did they even try to explain it, or did they even have to in the face of the German invasion?

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Comment on Minority Deportation After World War Two by Ben Midas

Great post! These deportations are incredibly important because they continue to impact the Caucasus even today. You did a great job in highlighting the difference between the stated intentions and their deadly realities. This topic will come up again when we reach Khrushchev’s de-stalinization efforts, when we do, try to keep in mind the brutality of these deportations as a part of the Stalinist legacy.

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Comment on For the Love of War by Ben Midas

Great post on a topic I haven’t thought to much about. As other comrade-classmates have pointed out, love can be a powerful motivator in wartime. How did this kind of love play into the state’s efforts to create bourgeois family values in terms of motherhood and child rearing?

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