Death, Love, and Deportations: Winning the Great Patriotic War

Pavel Korin: Marshal Zhukov (1949) Source: Aleksei Tarakhanov and Sergei Kavtaradze: Architecture of the Stalin Era. New York: Rizzoli. 1992.

Pavel Korin: Marshal Zhukov (1949)
Source: Aleksei Tarakhanov and Sergei Kavtaradze: Architecture of the Stalin Era. New York: Rizzoli. 1992.

We had some terrific posts this week covering many facets of World War II – from the major military moments (Battle of Stalingrad, Battle of Kursk), to the struggles of a besieged city, the massacre of Polish army officers in the Katyn forest, deportations of ethnic minorities,and the feats of female aviators. Analyses of gender relations, wartime romances, educational policy, and the appearance of the Soviet car charted the war’s profound impact on Soviet society.

Among the contenders for the students’ choice award, Rediscovering Russia’s examination of women aviators and a personal reflection on the Estonian Song Festival by История родины both received strong support and are featured in the slider. This week marks a major milestone in the life of the Motherblog because we had more Red Stars than the slider could accommodate as well as some fine selections for Comrade’s Corner.

A. Nelson

I am a historian of Russia with expertise in cultural history and emerging interests in animal studies and environmental history. My current research projects include studies of the Soviet space dogs, the significance of the Belyaev fox domestication project, and the cultural implications of domestication, particularly in Eurasia.

 

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