Monthly Archives: September 2014

Three Strikes and….then more strikes

The years leading up to the 1905 Russian revolution was full of growth and conflict.  Russia was experiencing remarkable industrial growth around the turn of the century.  However this progress lead to some major dissatisfaction among the middle class workers there.  This disatisfaction lead to unrest and additional conflict all over Russia.  Moscow and St. […]

Lenin and “What is to be Done?”

   In 1901, Vladimir I. Lenin began writing his famous work, “What is to be Done?”. Less than a year later, “What is to be Done” was published in the spring of 1902. Lenin’s work was written as a prequsor to the Bolshevick Revolution in 1917. In “What is to be Done?”, Lenin lays out his plan […]

Students Choose Cossacks and Crimea

azbuka-1964-kievm We all agreed that the discussion in the comments this week was exemplary.  Indeed many of the comments were so substantial as to warrant a post of their own.  We salute the discussion of War in Crimea, 19th-Century Russia and the response to the post about the Cossacks as the “student choice” winners for this round.  Thanks to everyone who responded with queries and elaborations this week. You editorial team looks forward to a terrific semester of debate and enlightenment.


Images of Imperial Russia

Welcome to the first weekly digest! We’ve had a few bumps (and the WordPress Widget gods are on strike as I type this), but our first edition is ready to go. The photographs from the Prokudin-Gorskii collection prompted a series of wide-ranging and insightful posts dealing with Imperial Russian society between the Great Reforms and…

Second Blogpost Guidelines – Updated Thursday 9/4

Our second set of blog posts will focus on the development of a revolutionary movement in Russia and the revolution of 1905. You should start by reading Freeze (Chapter 8) and then develop one of the following topics: 1) Marxism / Leninism. Use the resources in the Marxist Internet Archive to examine the development of…

The Last Deportation

When I first sat down to write about this photo, my efforts were focused on the large number of different ethnic minority groups that made up the population of the Soviet Union. As the caption of the picture above states, just the region where this picture was taken is home to many different ethnic groups.  […]

“The Times They Are A-Changin”

    This image is an incredible chance to look at a moment in history where change was all around, generations were divided, and old and new clashed. Here a grandfather, son, and granddaughter all stand together for a picture. The grandfather is dressed in traditional Russian clothing while the son and granddaughter wear more […]

Come Serf In the Wheat Fields

Russia was once economically and socially interdependent upon the feudal system fueled by serfdom. Socially speaking there were class ranks with the lords at the top that owned the land and then the serfs, also known as kreposinoy krestyanin in Russian, who were the lowest class and worked the fields. Once born into serfdom, a […]

Serf’s Up!

The serfs were Russia’s primary agricultural laborers up to the mid-19th century.  However, Russia’s defeat in the Crimean War brought to light the need for societal reform, and the issue of serfs was a hotbed of political debate.  The reformists wanted serfs to be liberated (although to what extent was also debated at length), while […]