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The Stilyaga: Soviet Hipsters

When one pictures cultural rebels in the United States these days, we often think of artistic hipsters who steer away from mainstream standards in music, art, and media. In the 1960s, one might think of these people as the famed…

The Big Deal: Children’s Verse

The postwar era in Soviet Russia was a time of optimism in terms of national pride and rebuilding the country. “The Big Deal” was a product of a larger cultural evolution in the mid-1930s whereby social stability was valued over…

Wait for Me: Women and War

Russian women played an extremely important role during WWII. Most women worked in domestic industries such as transport, agriculture, and other civilian roles. They often worked double shifts in order to free up enlisted men to fight and increase military…

Revolutionizing the Soviet Economy: Iron

The first Five-Year Plan facilitated a dramatic change in the Soviet economy through the collectivization of agricultre in orde to enhance the country’s industrial capabilities. From the period of 1928-1940, the number of Soviet workers in industrial occupations grew from…

Vodka, the Church, and the Cinema

Leon Trotsky’s Vodka, The Church, and The Cinema outlines a the importance of three fundamental aspects of Russian society and culture during the Russian Revolution. First of all, Leon Trotsky was a Marxist revolutionary who was the founder and leader of…