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Comment on Russia’s “Reign of Terror”: The Great Purges of 1936-38 by A. Lengyel

I agree. Though I feel that this is the problem of any totalitarian regime. There are no new ideas because those in power become disconnected with those that they govern by surrounding themselves with people who agree with their view. This is defini… Continue reading

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Comment on Russia’s “Reign of Terror”: The Great Purges of 1936-38 by A. Lengyel

I think that a lot of the purges and the infighting within the party itself was caused by a sense of insecurity, almost to the point of paranoia, among the higher ranks of the party and the government. At this time Soviet-Russia was only about 20 ye… Continue reading

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Comment on Russia’s “Reign of Terror”: The Great Purges of 1936-38 by gracehemmingson

It’s easy to see through your post why Stalin was able to create such a stable government. The negative side to this stability (besides the millions killed) was that in the long run the censorship and purges would prevent new ideas from emerging in society. Much the same thing happened in China during the Cultural Revolution, and many intellectuals who could contribute to government and society are scared underground in similar circumstances. Continue reading

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Comment on On the right track: The Moscow Metro by gracehemmingson

I thought that the reconstruction of Moscow was fascinating. It seems strange to me that they can both rebuild the theatre in the imperial style and have decorations with nostalgic for the soviet era. Great video!
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Comment on The Mustache the Masses Loved… Or Did They? by gracehemmingson

This period of Stalinism strikes me as one of the most important because the rewriting of history and building of Stalin’s image that occurred in this era was formational for later generations. Great post! Continue reading

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Comment on The Only Way is to Subway by Caitlin Rose

I agree with the above comment that it is an incredibly fast time to complete this metro, and even more interesting that it is the first to use marble and granite. It’s also interesting that they put chandeliers and other decor to make it fancier, truly leaving it an original masterpiece. Continue reading

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Comment on The Mustache the Masses Loved… Or Did They? by Caitlin Rose

Its crazy to think about how much control Stalin had over the people of Russia and how it influenced the thought process of the people. So many believed the lies they were told and how great Stalin really was for the country. This post reminded me of h… Continue reading

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Comment on False Mourning by Caitlin Rose

My post this week was about another event that Stalin was able to twist to his own advantage so it was very interesting to read your post about another thing Stalin was able to pull off. The amount of events he had been able to contort for his own gain… Continue reading

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Comment on A Martyr of the Great Terror by oliva2015

Good post. I definitly agree that the work of Trotsky in the Russian Revolution and after is far too overlooked. His work and effort were more than influential, they were defining. Would love to hear more about him.
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Comment on Russia’s “Reign of Terror”: The Great Purges of 1936-38 by jmhawkins

I like how you almost created a timeline of what happened during the great purge. There was alot of back lashing in the political parties because they wanted to survive, so they turned in their friends to live.
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