Week 10 Posts

With Heavy Hearts We Announce Stalin is dead!

March 6, 1953, the Soviet Union announced that Comrade Stalin had died the day before. The address that was given to the Central Committee and to all working people of the Soviet Union highlighted the greatness of Stalin. It was a great piece of work politically; it showcased all the great things that the party […]

In The Absence of Stalin

As Stalin lay dying in Moscow due to internal hemorrhaging in March of 1953, the world was changing. The Presidium of the USSR was planning it’s next step. Since Lenin had died, Stalin had run the show and anyone who had gotten in his was had been removed or run over. What would they do […]

The Novocherkassk Massacre, 1962

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c0/Vladimir_Putin_1_February_2008-7.jpg In 1962 workers, from the Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Works (NEVZ), marched on the Communist Headquarters in Novocherkassk in protest of Khrushchev’s passing of legislation that would double the prices for meat and dairy products.  The march on the headquarters turned into a labor strike consisting of thousands of laborers that were displeased with the […]

Evolution of the Dacha

  Dachas played a an important role in the Russia’s cultural movement forward. All throughout the Soviet Union’s reign, thousands of people flocked to the major cities to find work and a new life, cramming into small apartment buildings as they did so. Living conditions were far from good, especially  for those who shared communal …read more

Out with the Old in with the New

  Stalin’s power was absolute, he had for just under three decades made his position effectively unquestionable, especially after having won WWII, considering how backwards Russia was in the previous world war, was an awe inspiring feat. Stalin had allowed no clear successor to emerge as he had become paranoid about his inferiors plotting a […]

The Hydrogen Bomb

On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and three days later they dropped a second atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. Though these weapons effectively ended World War II, little did they know that the atomic arms race was just beginning. Than just four years later on […]

The Thaw 1954

In 1954 the “biggest literary event” took place when Ilia Ehrenburg published The Thaw.  This novel highlighted the “working lives of three very different Soviet types.”  Thanks to his novel, liberalization began, “and extended to many spheres of cultural and intellectual life (pg. 413).”  His novel encouraged the change needed in the cultural spectrum of […]