Author: Sophia Vella

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 Sophia Vella

I loved reading your blog post as I have always admired Ronald Reagan’s courage in the 80’s. I like how you included parts of his actual speech, and I thought you had a lot of well-rounded research. Well written post, great job!

Comment on Young, Wild, and Free by Sophia Vella

First of all, I loved the title of your post and the fact that you updated it after reading Elizabeth’s post! I thought this was a great post about Soviet youth and how much it changed towards the end of the Soviet era. Well done and great post!

Comment on No Sex in the USSR by Sophia Vella

I think it’s fascinating the topic of sex has been a hot button issue in the Soviet Era, and each time the viewpoints seem to shift back and forth. I thought your post had a ton of depth as you touched on several different topics! Great Job!

Comment on From Sea to “Glorious” Sea by Sophia Vella

I think this post carries a lot of weight nowadays with environmental movements worldwide attempting to improve industrialization so as to protect the world we live in. Certainly, in the late 1800s to early to mid-1900s, industrialization ravaged the environment in an unprecedented manor. I like how your article addressed the politics around Lake Baikal and I also thought your title was very creative. Well done!

Comment on Aberration in Afghanistan by Sophia Vella

First of all, I love the pictures you included in this post, they are super quality! I also like how you decided to tackle such a large blunder in the Soviet military history. It is also interesting to think about how the military history of Afghanistan in the World Wars and the Cold War has shaped its political atmosphere nowadays. Great post!

Comment on Olympic Fanfare and Drama by Sophia Vella

I like how you addressed the tensions building in both the U.S. and Russia surrounding the Olympics. It is really interesting how symbolic a country’s actions surrounding the Olympics can be. I also really liked your usage of the song and the primary sources. Great post!

Comment on Brain Drain Is Prohibited! by Sophia Vella

I like the topic that you selected for this post as the “brain drain” was a very big problem in socialist and communist states where scientists and mathematicians have a high monetary incentive to leave the country for a capitalist state. It was interesting to learn how the Soviets tries to get people like that to stay and work on Soviet projects. Well done!