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Trends in Childhood Development Starting From the Soviet 30’s

The young population of the 1930’s in the Soviet Union was gravely affected by the different events that were taking place at the time. The different ups and downs that were going on during the 1930’s directly affected the development of the children of the Soviet Union at the time. “Children of the 1930s could rightly be called the first Soviet generation, whose formative years passed under the socialist system. The generation showed all the virtues and vices of the society it hailed from,” (Seventeen Moments in History, Geldern). The youth of the 1930’s saw great health, education, and literacy. The idea of community was emphasized at this point and time. This generation of youth was the generation that successfully came together to win World War Two against Adolf Hitler. This brought their generation and community closer together. “They remembered a decade of peace and contentedness, later shattered by a foreign invader. The slogan “Thanks to Comrade Stalin for our happy childhood” rang without irony for children who were cared for, believed in the society that cared for them, and accepted its structures of authority” (Seventeen Moments in History, Geldern). The youth was given a proper education and created a sense of communist nationalism behind the success of World War Two. This generation had seen the success of communism and war and was very patriotic behind Soviet Russia because of it. The approval rates for the government were high and people were able to preserve the idea of peace.


This was very interesting to me because I realized that there was a trend in the way that the youthful population of each generation is affected by the events that are concurrent to their generation. I learned in a class about how the housing market crash and 911 had affected my generation and the generation below us. The big event that affected my generation was the 911 crash which forced our nation to united underneath our government and work together to accomplish a task. The sense of community around the time of 911 was very strong and it established a sense of “home” in my generation. The class that I took talked about how my generation applied to college while using words like “home” and “community” when searching for colleges. My generation was concentrated with finding a place where we fit in and found happiness and family because that is how the 911 crash had affected us. The generation below us was affected by the housing market crash where the unemployment rates were going through the roof. Families and parents were being fired from their jobs left and right during this time. The generation below our current generation had to deal with seeing this and because of this when they applied to college they had a very different trend in their applications. Their applications used words like “security” and “assurance” more than any other series of applications. They were more concentrated with finding jobs that would bring them high-incomes in the future and would allow for them to get the best possible job they could attain so that they could protect themselves from any economic incidents.

In conclusion, the general trend behind youth development is affected by the major national events that are occurring at the time. The younger population of the Soviet Union saw a time of peace which was interrupted by German invaders. Through community and working together they were able to overcome Nazi Hitler invasions. The effects of this created great community and a sense of nationalism in the young population of the Soviets. This is similar to the concurrent events that have affected my generation and the generation below me. The 911 crash and housing market crash affected the way that my generation perceived the United States and perceived our culture. It ultimately developed our childhood and helped make us into the people that we are today.

Work Cited:

“Childhood under Stalin.” Seventeen Moments in Soviet History, 18 June 2017, soviethistory.msu.edu/1936-2/childhood-under-stalin/.

Sorokina, Anna. “Why ‘Milky’ Soviet Ice Cream Was the Absolute Best.” Russia Beyond, 26 July 2017, www.rbth.com/russian_kitchen/2017/07/25/why-milky-soviet-ice-cream-was-the-absolute-best_810945.



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