Monthly Archives: September 2014

In Soviet Russia, Dictator Overthrows You!

When looking at a single event in history that has a huge impact on worldwide events right up to our present and even into the future, one has to wonder what may have happened if things turned out a little differently. Stalin became the most powerful man in the world’s largest country, and did it over […]

Bolsheviks: We Believe in Nothing

Boris Ignatovich: Restorers(1928) “Workers dismantling a Russian Orthodox Church while reading The Godless”   Thanks in part to the beliefs of Marx and Lenin, the Bolsheviks soon began their quest to rid the Soviet Union of religion. In their point of view, “religion was the opiate of the masses”(1). In other words, religion was something […]

Rebuilding the Economy

The poster above was published in order to explain two different decrees passed in1921 that affected workers and their payment.  These decrees allowed workers to recieve bonuses; sometimes made up of manufactured goods, that they could then trade for agricultural products as well as food.  These decrees also encouraged workers to join cooperatives that had […]

From World War I to Revolution: 1917

What an eventful week for high value contributions to the Motherblog! This edition is chock-full of posts analyzing key developments from Russia’s entry into World War I, to the revolutions of 1917, and the social cataclysm that ensued. While many people focused on military or political issues, there were also some terrific posts on the…

Fourth Blogpost Guidelines

"Artwork by El Lissitzky 1919". Via Wikipedia -

Beat the Whites with a Red Wedge “Artwork by El Lissitzky 1919“. Via Wikipedia.

For your fourth blog post, use the resources in Seventeen Moments of Soviet History (1921 and 1924) to examine a significant aspect of the Russian Revolution.  You should also consult the Freeze text (the rest of Chapter 9 and Chapter 10).

You may focus on an event, a development or an individual. Your post should use (and cite) primary sources (texts, music, or images). You may also use a particular image or primary document as a focal point for your post. In any case, your post should address some aspect of one the following questions:

How did the Bolsheviks prevail in the Civil War?

How did the Bolsheviks negotiate the transition from being revolutionaries to being rulers?

What role did nationality and religion play in the formation of the Soviet State?

How were politics and economics connected in this period (1917-24)?

The Bolshevik

  What was the relative importance of immediate events, long-term social and economic developments, the crisis in political authority, and the stresses of the war to the revolutions of February and October, 1917? Weak and changing political authority combined with growing unrest in citizens and a war to fight, is enough to topple any state […]

13 Days Difference

On February 14th, 1918, Soviet leadership reconstituted an entity greater than politics or economics or society- they altered time. The Council of People’s Commissars, or Sovnarkom, was the governing body that made this decision to switch from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar … Continue reading