Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Film Poster (1980) Moscow Doesn't Believe in Tears Source: Electronic Museum of Russian Posters. 2004.

Film Poster (1980)
Moscow Doesn’t Believe in Tears
Source: Electronic Museum of Russian Posters. 2004.

Rock music, new modes of consumerism, expanding television and film offerings, and guitar poets shaped the Soviet seventies, as did the dissident movement, the campaign to clean up the Aral sea, and the invasion of Afghanistan.  Despite it’s reputation for “stagnation,” this decade was anything but boring! For this post, we will use the modules on 1973 and 1980 from Seventeen Moments in Soviet History.  Please also consult and use the Current Digest of the Soviet Press and cite the articles you use from this collection.  Feel free to explore any other relevant topic from this period as well.  There are good suggestions for primary materials on the Soviet History Resources Page as well.

The second half of Chapter 13 in the Freeze text may be helpful as well. 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.

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Khrushchev the Critic: Soviet Art Under the Khrushchev Regime.

Ever since the First Congress of Soviet Writers convened in 1934 and conformed to the censorship laid down by the Party Central Committee, Soviet artists mostly conformed to the style of socialist realism that was required by law (von Geldern).  Over the years, this mandated artistic style had become outmoded and boring.  Artists of the […]

Final, Finite Frontiers

This week was all about pushing boundaries — whether in outer space, on the border with China, atop the Bratsk high dam, at the edge of tillable land, or in the tense encounter between an artist and the Soviet leader. Taken as a whole, the posts bear testament to the contradictions and richness of the…

The Corn Campaign

The 1960s brought with them a multitude of agricultural and economic changes beginning with the realization that in order to improve anything, the Soviets needed to grow more crops to feed the livestock. Nikita Khrushchev stated in 1954, “There will be no communism if our country has as much metal and cement as you like […]

The Strugatsky Brothers

The Strugatsky Brothers were an author duo which rose to fame during the 1960′s as science fiction writers.  Their books initially were lauding the way of Soviet thought, they later very quietly spoke of the downfalls of Soviet society.  For example, Noon: 22nd Century, published in 1962, praised the science that was commonly attributed to […]

The Soviet Union Around the World

In the 1950s and 1960s, relations between Communist and Russia, former allies against western imperialism, began to deteriorate.There were several causes behind this. The biggest factor was conflict over nuclear weapons. China wanted to develop nuclear weapons similar to Russia, … Continue reading

The Soviets Didn’t Give a Dam

Throughout their history, the Soviets have not been a people to care much about the environment.  It could be said that this is because they have so much land it doesn’t really matter. Either way, the damming of the Angara River, which began in 1955 perfectly shows the lack of preservation that many Soviets had. … Continue reading »