Another fabulous post! Can you fix the link on the last image? Thanks!
I like the way you reflect on the August 1991 coup as a culmination of long-standing developments and consider the ways in which the Soviet government evolved over the short twentieth century. Good job.
What does Freeze say about the role of the Baltic states’ quest for independence in the collapse of the Soviet Union?
This post highlights the contradictions of “glasnost’” nicely. And the title is terrific!
What a great way to conclude your blog for the course! Looking back at all of your posts and seeing how the limited effectiveness of reform influenced so many aspects of the Soviet experience gives your blog a nice cohesiveness and helps orient the reader. Of course one could also find themes of radical social transformation and overcoming adversity in the same places you see stagnation. It all depends on your frame of reference. Good job!
While the Chernobyl disaster pushed glasnost’ into a much higher gear, your post shows how limited and ineffective the official response to the disaster was. Nicely done.
It’s interesting to consider Kondrashov’s perspective on the significance of the accident just three weeks out. I wonder how he would assess the impact of the disaster today?
Some good analysis in this post. Can you check back on the links for the current digest? The first article is about hazing of Armenian recruits in the Soviet military, and I can’t get the second link to work. Thanks!
Thanks for highlighting the importance of veterans’ experience. Like everything else having to do with the war in Afghanistan, the challenges facing Soviet veterans were unpredictably complicated. Nice post!
Good analysis in this post! Can you reformat the citation from the current digest so we can find it easily? Also, can you clarify the source of the “newspaper” quotes in the text?