Monthly Archives: October 2014

Comment on Dasvidaniya China by caitlin6

Great post! I wonder if Khrushchev would have spoken so harshly about Stalin in his speech to Congress if he’d known how China would react. If the two countries had remained friends, I wonder how different the world would be today. Continue reading

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Comment on Cleaning Up the Mess by caitlin6

Its interesting how easily he succeeded in changing the views of the public for ‘de-Stalinizaton’ considering how manipulative Stalin had been. Most people originally thought that everything Stalin did was right, he was a public icon. Cool addition about the secret speech! Continue reading

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Comment on Hungry in Hungary by caitlin6

I just had to read a chapter for another class that talked about this Hungarian uprising and it discussed an interesting tactic the Soviets used during the revolts in Budapest. Part of their police drove in ambulances with red crosses, were disguised a… Continue reading

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Comment on To free or not to free? by gracehemmingson

Based on A Poor Attempt, the article I found, I think that it was much more burdensome than emancipatory. The Article describes some very successful women who are also single mothers, and makes the point that they do not have time to read magazines or take their children on outings because they have the double burden. An interesting connection to the Soviet “double burden” is the equivalent phenomenon of the same name that happened in China. It seems as if these communist nations, while claiming to liberate women, also clung to their old ideas about femininity. Of course, this similarity is most probably due to the fact that Mao followed the Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist model and therefore encountered both the same successes and the same failures. Continue reading

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Comment on Prisoners Released by zmartin

I found your post very informative and interesting. especially with the tattoos. The tattoos as link to the Russian underworld with the Vory. Also, prison camp life was exciting and full of conflict with the Bitch Wars.
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Comment on Akademgorodok, or ‘Science City’ by oliva2015

This was a really cool post about something I had never heard about but is a very interesting topic. I find it interesting that the Soviet Union invested in the creation of such a city with the intention of creating a super advanced city which would s… Continue reading

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Comment on A New Frontier for Good ….. or Evil? by GPittard

Its wonderful that the Russians and the Americans have kind of started not comparing their toys that go boom and have started using that same technology to help out the world they were both about to destroy. Sputnik may have been the start of something… Continue reading

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Comment on Crimea River by oliva2015

i really liked this post, especially the title, and the explanation of the history behind the current crisis in Ukraine. I think you really gave a good, simple summary of the past behind the current events and the reasons for what is going on today.
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Comment on Crimea River by zmartin

Your title wins. The implications of the Crimea and what happened to it during the Soviet Union definitely have relevance today. Its also ironic that even though Ukraine produced so much grain that they still had periods of starvation be their people.
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Comment on Control By Sports by phillip5

Sports were and still are a huge part of Russian society. Not to copy everyone else, but it is surprising hockey took a while. Since it became huge and is still probably the one sport everyone thinks of when they think of russia. Russian hockey beca… Continue reading

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