Author Archives: A. Nelson

About A. Nelson

I am a historian of Russia with expertise in cultural history and emerging interests in animal studies and environmental history. My current research projects include studies of the Soviet space dogs, the significance of the Belyaev fox domestication project, and the cultural implications of domestication, particularly in Eurasia.

Comment on A Sobering Topic for a Drunken Nation by A. Nelson

AA was never welcome in the Soviet period, largely because of the step requiring people to turn their problems over to a “higher power,” which ran counter to the state’s support of atheism. Continue reading

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Comment on As Quickly As It Came by A. Nelson

Also – I really like how you used the NYT articles to show how unanticipated some of these developments were. Continue reading

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Comment on As Quickly As It Came by A. Nelson

Nuance has never been a strong point of public opinion, so I really appreciate the complexities of this post and the discussion that follows. The collapse of Soviet communism was as complex as it was unanticipated and posts like this remind us of that.
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Comment on Chernobyl Disaster by A. Nelson

Good research in this post! Zach, have you been to the area? There are people who have made lives for themselves in the zone despite all of the danger and warnings. Many of them are older women (babushki) — there’s even a documentary in the works about them: http://thebabushkasofchernobyl.com/ Continue reading

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Comment on Cheers Comrades by A. Nelson

The article called “make sobriety the norm” is wonderful! In trying to dispel the stereotype about alcohol abuse, it seems to do more to reinforce it by emphasizing all of the past “sobriety campaigns.” Continue reading

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Comment on Smoldering of the Soviet Union by A. Nelson

Using the Soviet press to show how the reporting on the disaster changed in the months after the accident works really well. Good research for this post!
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Comment on Radioactive Russia: The Chernobyl Disaster by A. Nelson

Voices from Chernobyl is such a powerful, haunting book — I’m so glad you read it for another class and engaged with it here. Thanks for these insights about the human side of the tragedy. Continue reading

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Comment on “Mr. Gorbachev Tear Down This Wall” by A. Nelson

What everyone else said! Plus – I’m so impressed that you mastered this template — looks great! Continue reading

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Comment on Don’t Ride the Ferris Wheel by A. Nelson

On the contrary, once the fallout registered with media and scientists outside the country, the accident became incredibly public. And it turned the government’s “glasnost'” campaign in a much more frank direction. Adam, the research you did for this is really solid. The “voices from Chernobyl” story on NPR is based on a collection of oral histories by the same title. It’s an amazing, devastating book: http://www.amazon.com/Voices-Chernobyl-History-Nuclear-Disaster/dp/0312425848 Continue reading

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Comment on Welcome to the Party, Russia by A. Nelson

That clip of the grocery store is priceless! I’d forgotten just how grim it was, but at the same time, I got a bit nostalgic for those blue and white milk cartons. We might have to watch this one in class…..
Also, can you clarify the year that the “dirty bomb” video was made? 2007? Continue reading

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