The Terrifying, Terrific Thirties

red starThere were so many good posts and such a good array of topics this week!  Besides the red star and comrades corner honorees, there were also wonderful discussions of the Stakhanovite movement and new labor laws, the building of the Great Fergana Canal, the 1936 Constitution, film, the opera, and of course, the purges…lots of purges. Certainly one of the main themes that comes from looking at all of the posts is the amazing juxtaposition of achievement and success (building the Metro, the Fergana Canal) against the trauma and tragedy of the Purges. I’m eager to see how the voting for student’s choice turns out.  Have a good fall break!

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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