It’s interesting to see how not every Russian was fond of the Soviet Union and how the government’s reacting to this affected society’s perceptions. Nice post!
Another important result of the launch of Sputink was the education race that ran parallel to the space race. After the launch, both the U.S. and the Soviet Union began to pump millions of dollars into public education to develop the best scientists and by correlation, defeat the other scientifically. Its cool that you chose to write about this topic. Your post is very interesting and well written.
It is very interesting to me that the Hungarian communists saw the Soviets as the ones who were betraying the revolution. The Russian revolution of 1917 was ostensibly the beginning of an international revolution of the working class that would abolish national boundaries. The nationalistic communism of the Hungarians is the exact opposite of that. I think you did a great job explaining the situation in this post.
It’s really interesting to me how they took such a striking symbol of the elite in Russia before the revolution and turned it into something so fundamentally socialist. The fact that they nationalized small summer homes just like they did factories and farms is astounding to me. They then turned these symbols of wealth and influence back over to the people (most of the time), using them in the multitude of ways that you mentioned above. Even though they were separated by class to a degree, I think the nationalization of the dachas was a very interesting part of the socialist experiment.
So, it’s a 2006 edition (Constantine Dushenko) of a dictionary of modern quotes “for journalists and historians” with dates, context, etc. Pretty neat.
I think the atomic bomb was the natural progression of arms development so while the world would be better off had it never been made, we cannot undo that now. I think the Soviet Union produced these weapons out of necessity since the United States already possessed them.
Very fascinating article! It’s interesting to see that many things don’t change over time. 20,000 lectures, that’s a lot! Were these mostly at schools?
Very interesting post. Easy to see that the soviet system was very flawed. Having to use military force to put down people that want independence from you can only show your unpopularity.
The role of women was absolutely critical to society in Russia during the 50s. The way they were taken advantage of because of their role in society is very unfortunate though.
Good post. Seeing this, it is no wonder why the soviet society was doomed from the start.