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Comment on Образование масс by jmhawkins

It does seem like the government just wanted to use the educated populace to help forward Russia. But my impression was that, in the beginning at least, that they really just wanted to educate the entire country and help to make Russia a better place. I don’t think that using the educated as a resource was thought of until after the Communist Party was formed. Continue reading

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Comment on ” All around me there is treachery, cowardice, and deceit. ” The Abdication of Nicholas II by oliva2015

This post really makes the conflict of views on the war by Tsar Nicholas and the peasants clear. This conflict is a huge motivator for the revolution. This is a part of the history which is often rushed over and skips straight to the execution of the… Continue reading

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Comment on Образование масс by oliva2015

I really liked this post. This was a subject I really knew very little about. I was interested to learn about the changes the Bolshevik government made to the state provided education to the masses which was really unavailable to anyone other than th… Continue reading

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Comment on Changing of the Guard: World War 1 and the Soviet Revolutions by A. Lengyel

I agree. What I was trying to say was that the logistics of the war put a strain on the entire economy. Feeding, clothing, arming, and supplying millions of troops at a time diverted many resources that could have been vital to economic development a… Continue reading

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Comment on Changing of the Guard: World War 1 and the Soviet Revolutions by oliva2015

Great post. This really outlines the military conditions and factors that lead in to the revolution very well. It really seems like Russia kept getting involved in wars way over their head militarily. If their crushing defeat in the Russo-Japanese war didn’t prove to them that they were behind the rest of the world militarily, they then decided to take on Germany and the Austro-Hungarians, both far more advanced and professional armies than the Japanese. These engagements which seem foolishly un-winnable certainly pushed the Russian people in the direction of revolution. Continue reading

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Comment on Образование масс by caitlin6

It’s awesome how many more opportunities children were given to receive an education and how it made them more involved in society as they got older. What’s interesting is the intentions of Russia in providing education, for example when they focused more on science and technology after the Cold War to try and catch up in the arms race. You also mentioned how they were all taught the exact same thing in the exact same way. The government controlled just what they children were being taught, with their government/military intentions a big influence. While I understand why Russia did this, it also makes it seem like they didn’t really care about educating their people as much as the benefits an educated populace would create for the state. Continue reading

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Comment on Free Love and Communism: The Alexandra Kollontai Story by GPittard

I would have never believed that social movements for the rights of women would have come in Communist Russia before the United States. Although the success of these movements is unclear, they seem to have been fairly popular. Also, its often weird for me to think of a society where the traditional family unit is something that is trying to wiped out of existence. I can’t see where something like that would ever have a positive impact on society. Continue reading

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Comment on Red Army: Have You Volunteered? by GPittard

Although I am a firm non-believer in communism, I think it was great the Lenin was working to educate the lower classes. This was a good move for him, because if he educated the lower classes while they still liked communism, then they won’t be so likely to switch sides when communism starts to not work so well. No better way to do this then make them die for the cause. Continue reading

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Comment on Social Women: This one’s for the girls by caitlin6

This was such an interesting post to read, I had no idea how many more rights women were given in Russia before a majority of the rest of the world. It was a smart move when considering industrialization to give women these rights which inevitably encouraged them to join the working force. I was surprised about the ties a man and woman would still have if they got a divorce, how a man still had to support the woman if she didn’t have a job to support herself. Continue reading

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Comment on ” All around me there is treachery, cowardice, and deceit. ” The Abdication of Nicholas II by GPittard

I like hearing about the time in between the fall of the Romanov’s and the beginning of the communist regime. Its definitely a part of Russian history I know nothing about and would love to know more. Great post!!! Continue reading

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