About samt1

Hey everyone, my name is Sam Tripp, I'm currently a senior in the VTCC and the Army ROTC program here at VT. Hope you enjoy my history blog.

Comment on TV, Soviets, and letting go by samt1

It doesnt surprise me that the government was in on the Show but it did surprise me that they showed tried to show the more ‘humane” side of the KGB. I also liked how you tied in WWII and how this series helped the soviets get over the war. Very good post.

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Comment on The Olympics and Politics by samt1

Great post! I agree with your statement about the 1984 Soviet boycott. They just did it for political reasons. I also liked your summary of the 1980 games its interesting that so much economic gain was created by these games. Maybe more russian cities should have held events such as this.

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Comment on Partnership Gone Wrong…Sino-Soviet Dispute by samt1

Great post! I find this topic really interesting. Mainly due to the fact that while this was going on in Asia, Americans thought that the communist regimes of China and Russia were instead plotting together to take over Asia. Obviously that was not the case. Its cool that you included details on the border clashes between the two nations. I didn’t know that there were such large disputes that Russia threatened nuclear intervention. Fun post to read, good job.

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Comment on The Turning Point:1968 by samt1

Cool post! I find it interesting that given everything that Dubcek worked so hard for he was ultimately unable to manage his own creation, that is the free press and new political parties. I also too believe that this event was the most important event for the USSR during the cold war and showed the world that they were not in complete control.

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Comment on Warning: Doesn’t Play Well with Others by samt1

Great post I enjoyed your post mainly to the the fact about Khrushchev’s denunciation of Stalin which surprised me when I read about that because I would have imagined more satellite states revolting than just Hungary. Maybe because of the fear that Stalins successor would be just as unstable as Stalin himself kept the Warsaw Pact together. I do believe that this revolt would not have happened if Stalin was alive.

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Comment on With Heavy Hearts We Announce Stalin is dead! by samt1

To be one of the most sinister leaders the world has known and still have a turn out like this at his funeral is shacking to me. Yes he did stop the Nazis offensive in the east giving him a god like image. Yet his crime against his own citizens were just as bad. I think the people showed up the the funeral out of some sense of fear that if they didn’t show the government would see them as unfaithful and punish them. The deaths of the citizens at his funeral just show that death follows Stalin everywhere.

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Comment on Evolution of the Dacha by samt1

Interesting read! Its remarkable that even in a “communist” country, living standards were still unequal based on your job and relation to the government. I had no idea that Dachas were used as weekend homes for peasants to grow their food while still working in the city to make more money. Learned something new thanks.

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Comment on Censoring the Census by samt1

I find it interesting that historians still try to call this type of government “communist” when in fact all it really is, is totalitarianism. In no way were there any forms of communism when stalin took power because he just did what he wanted and killed anyone who stood in his path to “success.” Great post!

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Comment on A magnet for success? by samt1

Its interesting that although the conditions were not safe at all to the workers they didnt rebel like their ancestors most likely would have. However because the exploitation of the working class the future of the soviet union would be saved. interesting post.

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