Month: May 2017

Comment on Kickin’ It to The Soviet 60s Beat by Sophia Vella

I loved how this post focused on the music of the Soviet 60s, because normally when people think of classic 60s rock revolution, they do not think of Soviet rock. Classic rock is typically thought of as a western cultural revolution, not a staple of Russian culture. I think it is fascinating that the Soviets embraced this western music style. I also loved the music that you included, great post!

Comment on War On….. Alcohol? by Sophia Vella

I think this is really such a fascinating topic in Soviet history because, until this class, I believed Russia and alcohol had always gone hand and hand considering they don’t even consider beer alcohol. It is interesting that even today, Russia is fighting to combat the negative effects on society that alcoholism causes. I also loved the pictures you used! Great post!

Comment on Parasites who do not work, neither shall they eat by Sophia Vella

I thought this post was very interesting and informative. The Soviets had been trying to figure out how to motivate people to work and not to freeload off of the Socialist system. In one of my earlier blog post, I discussed Stalin’s attempt to motivate industrialization with shock workers, a continuation of a rewards program that states in World War II. Great post!

Comment on Tear Down This Blog! by Maria Haas

Ronald Reagan is my favorite POTUS so I really appreciated the shout out to him in your post! This post was so informative! You did a really good job at displaying the domino effect that was the fall of the USSR. Great job!

Comment on Blame it on the A-A-A-Alcohol by Maria Haas

How interesting! This, along with the US prohibition, shows more than anything that we are all just a bunch of drunks.
On a serious note, it is interesting to see how efforts to limit alcohol failed in both countries. It really makes me wonder why. I…

Comment on Problems in Chernobyl by Maria Haas

I also wrote about Chernobyl! I found an article Gorbachev wrote in 2006 where he directly blamed Chernobyl or the fall of the USSR. It had huge economic tolls. It also unleashed investigative journalism. As you mentioned it also made nationalism grow …

Comment on The Americans: That’s So 80s by Brian Nolte

Great Post! It is really interesting to not only see how the Cold War happened, but how it affected people on an individual level. I also think it is interesting to see the stakes that are at play in this microcosm of the Cold War.

Comment on Problems in Chernobyl by Brian Hyde

Great post! I’ve always heard of the terrible effects of the Chernobyl incident but never truly understood what it was like to learn of the disaster inside the USSR from the government. I was surprised to hear that Gorbachev called for both the US and USSR to halt nuclear testing and bring attention to the dangers of nuclear power.