Monthly Archives: November 2014

Comment on Soviet Imperialism by Caitlin Rose

Going off what Robin said, why were the Soviets tolerant to Muslims in Afghanistan but not to Muslims in their country? It’s interesting that Karmal said that the Soviet Union would “uphold the ideals of democracy and independence” when their country was the opposite. Continue reading

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Comment on Moscow Summer Olympics by Caitlin Rose

Like everyone else, I didn’t realize how many other countries also boycotted these olympic games. I wonder if Russia was able to make enough money back in sales from all of their beautification efforts to prepare for the games? I also wonder how the public felt about the games being held there and the changes being made to prepare. Was it hurting their economy and making the publics livelihood more difficult? Continue reading

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Comment on Here comes the BAM, now where’s the Boom! by Caitlin Rose

I did my post on how BAM greatly affected Lake Baikal and its environmental degradation. I wonder if Putin is considering the environment in his plans for improving this railway in the coming years?
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Comment on Rock Goes Red: Rock Music Comes to Soviet Russia by rkw15

Great job with this post! I like how you related rock and roll back to other aspects of the USSR at the time such as Jean Culture. You do a good job pointing out the government’s problems with rock and roll in the USSR: it didn’t have a government friendly message and it was too western. This post shows how rock and roll fits into the black market at the time on a large scale. The ability for people to buy and sell rock music in Russia just goes to show how powerful the black market was. Continue reading

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Comment on Save Lake Baikal by rkw15

Here is a link to Jessica’s post: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/jmhawkins/2014/11/17/here-comes-the-bam-now-wheres-the-boom/. Your post fits nicely with both Jessica and Zach’s posts as it demonstrates the not so nice side of industrialization in Russia. Continue reading

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Comment on Soviet Imperialism by rkw15

Nice post about the start of the Soviet’s invasion in Afghanistan. Good job comparing this to the United States’s current involvement in the middle east. Something you might find interesting is that when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, they did respect Islam and its practices. However, this was in stark contrast to how they treated Muslims in the rest of the USSR. Continue reading

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Comment on Buy, Buy, BUY! by Ryan Dellinger

I find it amazing how similar the United States and the Soviet Union were during this time, despite their vast ideological differences. The United States was undergoing a very similar revolution, and the fact that its sworn enemy was as well at the sa… Continue reading

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Comment on The Soviet Vietnam by Ryan Dellinger

I wonder how much the Afghan soldiers learned and put to use during their conflict with the Soviets. I’m sure they not only became more experienced fighters, but also learned some tactics from the Soviet Union along the way. Those who fought against the Soviet Union would have still been alive today… is it possible that they taught some of those who fought the United States two decades later? If so, how much can we attribute American losses in the 21st century to the Soviet Union (indirectly of course)? Continue reading

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Comment on Moscow Summer Olympics by Ryan Dellinger

I wonder if the boycott of the games by the United States and the 55 other countries was counterproductive. With the Cold War in full-swing, and anti-West propaganda abundant, could the Soviets have viewed the lack of United States as a victory, belie… Continue reading

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Comment on Back in the USSR: The Russian Rock Revolution by A. Nelson

Terrific video of the Metallica concert! Did you notice how the police were rocking out with the crowd they were supposed to be controlling? Also, how did you come to be such a fan of Russian thrash metal?
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