Solidarity in Poland, 1980

http://www.britannica.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/0000095640-laboec003-004.jpg The Solidarity movement in Poland began in 1970 at the shipyards in Gdansk in response to a sharp increase in food prices.  Workers responded by marching on the Polish Communist Party Headquarters and striking outside of it, ultimately setting it on fire.  This event sparked other movements in other port towns and cities, and […]

Terror at Leningrad

For this post, I am using the 900 Days: Siege of Leningrad module from the 17 Moments in Soviet History. This moment in Soviet history is particularly dark, and the Nazi onslaught at Leningrad proved to be one of the most destructive and deadly moments for the Soviet Union in the Second World War.   […]

Labor Issues 1939

During 1939 Labor was a large problem for the Soviet Government.  People would not show up to work, and lack proper job performance skills.  Lenin believed labor held up the entire economy and therefore required workers skills to be measured.  The Soviet Government failed to effectively enforce the January 18th, 1931 decree; which tried to […]

Political Genocide…The Purge is coming!

The Great Purge was a systematic campaign of political repression in the Soviet Union under the careful guidance of Stalin from 1936 to 1939. It involved a large-scale purge of the Communist party and government officials, along with the repression of the peasants, but especially the Red Army leadership. This mass systematic killing of leaders …Read the Rest

Failures of Nicholas II

Nicholas II arguably was crucial to the downfall of tsarism. Under his leadership there were two failures at war, as well as two large scale revolutions, calling an end to tsarism. His failure at a young age to grasp the full concepts of economics and politics did not bode well for his future in leadership, […]

Opium of the people…Rise in the East

“Religion is the opium of the people: this saying of Marx is the cornerstone of the entire ideology of Marxism about religion. All modern religions and churches, all and of every kind of religious organizations are always considered by Marxism as the organs of bourgeois reaction, used for the protection of the exploitation and the …Read the Rest

The Kornilov Fiasco

The Kornilov Affair of 1917 can be quickly summarized as an event with significant miscommunication riddled with unanswered questions and actions.  Lavr Kornilov was the Commander in Chief of the army for the Russian Provisional Government, which was headed by Alexander Kerensky.  At first, the policies of the provisional government, for the most part, were […]

Bloody Sunday, 1905

Bloody Sunday occurred on January 22nd, 1905 in St. Petersbrg, Russia.  It happened during a peaceful protest with unarmed citizens, mostly poor laborers, against Tsar Nicholas II over undesirable Tsarist policies.  Multiple groups, lead by Georgy Gapon, a Russian Orthodox Priest, were converging on the Winter Palace when the massacre took place.  The plan was […]

Humiliated Again!

In the beginning of the 20th Century Russia was caught in a precarious situation. The Homefront was a ticking time bomb waiting to explode, after the “Bloody Sunday” in which the the Tsar Nicholas ordered the military to fire on the peaceful demonstrations the people were waiting for any excuse to revolt. After “Bloody Sunday” …Read the Rest