A Sick State

Russian health collapsed with the Soviet state, worsening during the political instability of the 1990′s, and continuing to suffer in the 21st century. In 1991, Russia’s Ministry of Health reported a…

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Russia’s Industrialization

The photograph above, “Factory Interior with Electrical Generators” is from the  Prokudin-Gorskii collection taken on the Murghab River circa 1910. These generators were imported from Hungary, which helps to give one an idea about Russia’s industrialization capacity in the early 1900′s. Before the Crimean war, Russia had a very weak economy with little industrialization compared […]

Welcome, Comrades! (Some Blogging Advice)

Hello there – my name is Leah, and I am happy to say that I am a part of the Editorial Team for the course this semester.  I took this class in Fall 2013 and also took Soviet Culture in Fall 2012 (wow, that seems like a long time ago), so even though I have […]

Get to know me!

Hi All! My name is Robyn Walters and I am super excited to be a part of the editorial team for the Fall 2014 20th Century Russian History class. I am a senior here at Virginia Tech and am majoring in Political Science with minors in History and Russian Studies. I spent a month in […]