Month: February 2017

Comment on Silence has Fallen by Anna Dean

Personally, I think that the churches use to have a lot of authority. I think that the idea of saving your soul, etc., gave the churches a lot of power of laws, regulations, and whatnot. They also generally had a lot of wealth through tithes, which is …

Comment on Collectivization, You Know You Want it by Maria Haas

This post makes me very thankful to be an American. I couldn’t imagine living in a society where the government takes your posessions and then redistributes it, even if it is just grain (or money) *cough*Bernie*cough*. And then what’s worse it that they punished you if you didn’t comply *cough*ACA*cough*. The peasents worked hard to farm that grain and they should be able to keep it and sell it as they please.

I mentioned in another blog post that for a party that stressed worker and peasent rights they sure didn’t give them any.

Comment on Age of Terror by Maria Haas

For a party that stressed workers rights they sure didn’t give workers any rights. Russia before this had an important relationship to Orthodox Christianity. At one point they even considered themeselves the “Third Rome” whos purpose in life was to protect Orthodox Christians from the Ottomans. It’s a shame that they severed that part of their culture during this time and even resulted to genocide of the clergy.

Comment on The “Shocking” Workers of the USSR by Jason S.

If you’ve ever studied Russian using Soviet textbooks, you’ll recognize this word udarniki (ударники)… it shows up everywhere. It’s actually kind of hilarious… Ivan is an udarnik, he’s great. Sasha is lazy, he’s terrible and doesn’t bathe. Not even joking. Anyway, it’s interesting to see the context. As Dr. Nelson mentioned, it’s hard to single anyone out for their achievement in this sort of ideological environment, especially when the existential threat of being denounced or determined a kulak is there.

Comment on Sporty Chic(k) by Maria Haas

This was a really cool post! I wonder what the most popular sport in Soviet Russia was. This pic reminds me of Rosie the Riveter. Just out of curiosity, why do you beleive the soccer ball represents Russia rejecting capitalism? I believe Russia was rejecting capitalism, but it sounded like you meant the soccer ball specificallly represented that.

Comment on Collectivization or ‘Dekulakization’? by Andy Kapinos

Great post on a very controversial topic. As your post showed, this was a complicated situation of resistance and oppression. Stalin clearly made statements to the fact that he wanted to completely eliminate the kulaks, so that makes the famine even more sinister. I love how much detail you included. Well done!

Comment on The Railroad Raids by Andy Kapinos

I was aware that Russia and China have had many confrontations in the past (it’s basically inevitable when you have two large powers sharing so much border), but I hadn’t heard of this one before. Railroads really do keep popping up in important events throughout the century. I wonder if Russian efforts like this one to incite a communist revolution in China contributed to their actual communist revolution. Good job!

Comment on Sporty Chic(k) by Andy Kapinos

This post was is really interesting to me because I wrote a paper on the Soviet connection with the Olympics last semester. Sport was extremely important in the USSR, becoming a sense of national pride. The Olympics themselves became basically a regularly-scheduled proxy war with the US. Really neat post!