Week 6 Posts

The Tightfisted

  Josef Stalin had a plan to end the New Economic Policy or the NEP. The NEP was not the socialism the October Revolution had promised. It was the safe bet in a time of transition and war, but it was based on capitalistic policies in industry and agriculture. Once Stalin took power, he vowed […]

The ‘Zations– Collectivization and Dekulakization

The city of Magnitogorsk, “the celebrated socialist ‘planned’ city” was founded on a model that’s main goal was to out-do the extremely successful steel mills of Gary, Indiana . The construction of a huge steel mill was an integral part of the First Five-Year Plan and the city soon became a symbol of revolutionary transformation. […]

Stalin’s Transition to Collectivization

Stalin saw how ineffective the current farming method (strip farming) was and with the expansion of industrialization saw collectivization as the perfect opportunity to improve agricultural production.  However, in order to accomplish this Stalin would have to take on the peasantry and kulaks who had been using the strip farming … Continue reading

Shock Workers

    The picture above, entitled “V. I. Lenin at the All-Russian Subbotnik in the Kremlin, May Day 1920″, is an iconic depiction of the use of “shock workers” following the implementation of the First Five Year Plan in 1929.  While this specific picture technically depicts an event that occurred 9 years before the First Five Year […]

Religion Is the Opiate of the People

In the 1920’s you had strong anti-religious propaganda across Russia. There were severe laws against religious organizations. The policy of the Soviets seemed to be slowly crush any religion in Russia and push a new cultural dynamic for Russia overall. The Soviets achieved this by the destruction of churches in the great industrialization project. The […]

1920s In Russia

In the early 1920s Russia began a new phase in “Kremlin leadership fluctuated between antagonistic and conciliatory attitudes perceived foes (Geldern).” The Kremlin is in Moscow and is for instance it was considered to be the Soviet Union’s “White House” or government building. The government was moved here early of 1918. In 1918 there were […]

Collectivization: The Attempt to Rebuild a Shattered Economy

  After the Bolsheviks came to power in the Revolution, the party had to create a solution to the widespread famine and stagnating markets–especially in the farming regions.  Agricultural production was Both peasants and the working class became disillusioned with the existing structure. Joseph Stalin, who was General Secretary at the time, asserted that the […]