The Bolsheviks in Power

Once again, it was tough to choose the posts for the weekly slider.  This was the first week you had some flexibility in terms of whether of not you posted, and nearly everyone who submitted something made a fine contribution.  Although we haven’t talked about culture much in class yet, there are some fine posts on this topic addressing the overall challenges the Bolsheviks faced on “the cultural front,” the legacy of Alexander Blok, one of the great pots of the revolution, and the work of filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein.

Looking at the midterm questions, the posts dealing with nationalities policy and religion should be very helpful, as they complement each other nicely.  So make sure you check out Bolsheviks and Basmachi in the Muslim East, The Muslim East and the Soviet Conquest, and Opium of the People. Rise in the East, if you are writing that essay.

Going forward, the posts dealing with the Bolsheviks’ victory in the Civil War, the Kronstadt Rebellion, and the cult of Lenin will be helpful as we explore the Party’s transition from being revolutionaries to rulers.  Posts about the 1921 famine, the confiscation of church property, the electrification campaign, youth, and the New Economic Policy all tie in to discussions we’ll be having in the weeks ahead as well.

This week’s edition will run for two weeks (until Wednesday, October 9).




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. 

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