Week 10 Posts

Bombs Away

Throughout the 1940’s and 50’s the United States and Russia were in a constant battle to outpace each other in the development of military armaments.  With the ever-present tension, both nations felt that war could be looming on the horizon Continue reading

Khrushchev Cometh

After Stalin’s death on March 1, 1953 a power struggle ensued within the Soviet Presidium of the Central Committee.  Three individuals in particular, Georgii Malenkov, Lavrentii Beria, and Nikita Khrushchev, would form what was to be called a “collective leadership”.  Malenkov became the chairman of the Council of Minister, Beria remained the head of the secret police, and Khrushchev […]

Prisoners of GULAG Released

During the Stalin era from the 1930s to the 1950s there were Soviet forced labor camps. These labor camps held a wide range of prisoners from petty criminals to political prisoners. Political prisoners were considered to be enemies of the Soviet government.  Even some prisoners those “convicted of economic and military crimes regardless of their […]

A Revival of Agriculture

Stalin’s single minded focus on the development of industry in Soviet Russia had left the agricultural sectors in disarray. Russia had been, and was unable to meet its food needs for the entire nation.  As Khrushchev solidified his power, he … Continue reading

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Sputnik!

The successful launch of the satellite named Sputnik on October 4, 1957 ignited a surge in Soviet pride and nationalism.  The Soviet space program proved itself to be the leader in the “Space Race” against other nations–mainly the rival United States.  This occasion was so widely celebrated by the Soviet Union because this event had […]

The Arms Sprint

  On August 29th, 1949 an explosion was watched by Lavrentii Beria and scientist Igor Kurchatov . The explosion, that of a Soviet engineered atomic bomb shocked the United States. Only four years before had the Americans revealed the results of the secret Manhattan Project. There was no way that the Soviets could have created a […]

The World Stood by…1956

Hungary in 1956 seems to really sum all that the Cold War stands for. The people of Hungary and the rest of Eastern Europe were ruled with an iron fist by that of Communist Russia and anybody who challenged the rule of Stalin and Russia paid the price. The death of Stalin in 1953 did …Read the Rest

De-Stalinization of the Gulags

One major step that was taken during the “De-Stalinization” period was to grant amnesty to the many people who were thrown into the Gulag during Stalin’s dictatorship.  On March 27, 1953 the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR granted amnesty to “…persons sentenced for up to five years, those … Continue reading