Check back on the meaning of “kommunal’naya kvartira”. Yes there were shared bathrooms and kitchens, but the other claim you make here isn’t really valid.
I did my blogpost last week on the great space race between the United States and the USSR. Your post does a good job at highlighting the tensions that had arisen between the two in regards to who would make it to space first. The USSR made it to space first, however, the US got the best of the USSR when they made it to the moon.
You adopt an important and interesting perspective in this post, which fits nicely with the other discussions on the Prague Spring. The article from the Current Digest about how it “really was” on the streets in Prague sets out a really interesting (and chilling) view of the same events.
Some interesting analysis here. Check out this post on the moral code as well: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/hcm3soviethistory/2013/11/17/moral-code-of-the-builder-of-communism/
This post complements a discussion of this topic from a slightly different angle here: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/carlin/2013/11/15/we-are-our-own-generation/#comment-34
Love the title!
I agree with all of these comments. And yes, Russians do still venerate their history and accomplishments in space exploration. Gagarin is also a really interesting and enigmatic historical figure. There’s a great book, Joe, if you want to read more:
Thanks Kelsey and Jessica for excellent posts on the Prague Spring. I wish you had reminded me to talk about the Brezhnev doctrine in class today when we were discussing the “what communism meant” in the 70s.
I agree with Cara – you do a terrific job of weaving the discussion of generation and consumerism into an exploration of individuality. And I love the commercial!
The manner in which religion was attacked by the state and the lack of large scale resistance to such a movement by the people is surprising. It is interesting, that the only reason this might have succeeded is because of the totalitarian system of government in Russia.
Until this point I have only had a limited knowledge of Yuri Gagarin’s life. This was a very informative and interesting post. I also found the technicalities hidden in the official report to be really interesting. It shows the level of the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union.