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Prohibiton in Russia

In 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev shocked the people of Russia when he launched his Anti-Alcohol campaign.  Not two months after being elected as General Secretary Gorbachev…

Another Protest Shot Down

The picture above is an example of some of the posters that workers made quickly before their march on the Communist Party Headquarters in 1962.  Workers once again were angered with the low wages they were receiving, especially since food prices were going through the roof at the same time.   Many of the posters […]

More Land Means More Food, Or Does It?

After the end of WWII, Russia was faced with another enemy.  One that had been fighting them long before Nazi Germany.  Feeding their people was again a top concern of the Russian government resulting in a decision to expand their agricultural boundaries.    In 1954 Russia started a virgin land campaign which meant land that previously […]

Pay No Attention to Us

Soviet Partisans played a major part in the soviet victory against the Germans in the Great Patriotic War.  As Germans moved deeper into Russia, it became apparent an extra edge was going to be needed to defeat the advancing German lines.   From the start of the war, partisan forces began using guerrilla warfare tactics […]

Working the 9 to 5 and Then Some

Now that Russia had entered a new era of Bolshevism, labor dicipline became a major issue.  Russia was in an attempt to show its power to the world.  This meant everything Russian must impress.  From their olympic sports teams right down to there average citizens in the workplace.  Lenin himself had pegged Labor dicipline as […]

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 […]

War Means No Food, No Food Means War

Russia was already in a food shortage leading up to 1917.  World war one had left a major portion of the country hungry and poor.  Russia’s grain harvest had left a large surplus in previous years, so there is no surprise that Russian officials estimated there would be plenty of grain to go around in […]

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. […]

19th/20th Century Russian Ag.

The caption of this photo says it depicts monks planting potatoes in fields reclaimed from conifer forest.  This got me thinking about all the different times I had learned about clearing land for agricultural use, and for that matter all the different countries it takes place in.  This could spark a debate over many controversial […]