Monthly Archives: October 2014

Russia’s “Reign of Terror”: The Great Purges of 1936-38

  The great purges of 1936 through 1938 mark one of the darkest times in Soviet history.  What originated as simple rumors of counter-revolutionary factions in government turned into a society-wide purge of whoever was labelled as a dissident.  Reminiscent of the “reign of terror” during the French Revolution, this period was one of mistrust, […]

The Slippery Slope to the Soviet Revolution

Due to decades of distant monarchs, economic hardship, unchecked social tensions, and military disappointments, the Russian royals’ ruling days were numbered. The monarchy’s lack of attention to the needs of the peasants and workers allowed deep sentiments of distrust and dissatisfaction to fester. At the height of unrest and revolts in 1905, total revolution was…

The Soviets Loved to Drink…Champagne?

Local Soviet Confectionery(1)   When one thinks of things synonymous with Russia or the Soviet Union , vodka  is one of the first images to pop into mind. However, the Soviets experienced fancier times when it came to their high levels of alcohol consumption.  The Mid 1930′s up until the war was an easier time […]

Fifth Blogpost Guidelines

Yurii Pimenov: Everybody to the Competition! (1928)

Yurii Pimenov: Everybody to the Competition! (1928)

Welcome back to the Motherblog!  The thirties await our attention and as good Rockin’ Shockworkers, we will bring our best, most enthusiastic and most astute energies to the task at hand. No “False Shockworkers” in our collective!

For this week’s post, please choose a topic from the 1934, 1936 or 1939 section of Seventeen Moments of Soviet History and use it to examine the political, social, economic and cultural dynamics of the Soviet thirties.  (Please save the module on “Territorial Annexations” for next week, as it is directly connected to World War II.) You should also consult second part of Ch. 11 (pp. 358-373) in the Freeze text. 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.

Rockin’ Shock Workers

1929 was an important year in Russia. In fact, it was known as the “Year of Great Change,” which was the title of an article by Stalin written to commemorate the twelfth anniversary of the October Manifesto. This article helped … Continue reading