Week 7 Posts

Russia 2013-10-14 02:16:47

During the 1930’s, Joseph Stalin ruled Russia.  Stalin’s policies set in motion an aggressive rein that controlled people’s lives in Russia.  He is noted for having bringing forth the importance of science in Russia.  Scientific research meant the ability to expand and modernize his empire. Trofim Lysenko, was a young man who Stalin took under his […]

Stalin: A Monster Before Hitler

  As shown in the picture above there are many similarities between Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler but for some strange reason we look at Hitler as the symbol of a monster, while Stalin is just looked at as being a bad man. Though there is no denying that Hitler was a monster and executed […]

Building the Fergana Canal

(Above: Uzbek Peasants building the Canal. Notice that instead of large trucks to move dirt, there was a large wagon instead.) The year is 1939, imagine building a canal over 167 miles long in under forty-five days. The best part is, you do not have any heavy machinery to work with, only shovels and picks. …read more

A Cacophony of Sound

In the mid 1930′s the works of a certain composer by the name of Dimitrii Shostakovitch continued to catch the eye and heart of the public with his opera, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. This opera was centered around a woman who has an affair, due to her loveless marriage, ends up causing the death of […]

Deficiencies can Cause Blood

The Great Terror refers to the bloodshed that overwhelmed the Communist Party and Soviet society during the years 1936-1938. The victims ranged from Internal Affairs Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, Lev Kamenev, Grigorii Zinoviev, and fourteen others were convicted of having organized a Trotskyite-Zinovievite terrorist center that allegedly had been formed in 1932 and was held responsible […]

Soviet Labor Laws

A problem that the Soviet Union had continued to encounter was a lack of work ethic among the working class.  The government previously had just expected the workers to work as hard as possible without any kind of incentive for their extra labor for the good of the state.  However, … Continue reading