As the Pizza Hut ad we watched today suggested, Mikhail Gorbachev’s leadership ushered in an era of increased freedom, opportunity, and hope for Soviet citizens, even as it fostered economic uncertainty, political instability, and the threat of chaos. For your final blog post, please choose a topic that gives you some insight on the collapse of Soviet communism and the social transformation that accompanied it.
Change was in the air as the sixties unfolded. Challenges in the sphere of foreign policy and changes in leadership marked the political sphere just as new forms of cultural expression and shifting social norms shaped Soviet society.
Dramatic changes in Soviet society, culture and politics followed Stalin’s death in 1953. This week we turn to the initial period of “De-Stalinization” and “The Thaw” and will use the modules on 1954 and 1956 from Seventeen Moments in Soviet History.
This week we turn our attention to The Great Patriotic War (aka World War II) and the immediate post-war period. Please use one of the modules from 1943 or 1947 in Seventeen Moments in Soviet History on-line archive.
The thirties await our attention and as good Shockworkers we will bring our best, most enthusiastic and most astute energies to the task at hand. You have a great opportunity over spring break to level-up your posting prowess.
The end of the twenties marked a dramatic shift in the tenor and substance of political, social and economic life in the Soviet Union.
It’s time for more war and revolution! This week we move into range of a fabulous digital archive that will inspire us for the rest of the term. The topic of your post this week is the end of the autocracy and the two revolutions of 1917. Use the resources in Seventeen Moments of Soviet History (1917) and Module Three of the Digital History Reader (1917 – Did the War Cause a Revolution?) to examine a significant aspect of the Russian Revolution that interests you. You should also consult the Freeze text (the last part of the Chapter 8 and Chapter 9 up to the October Revolution).
1) Marxism / Leninism. Use the resources in the Marxist Internet Archive to examine the development of Marxism in Russia before the revolution of 1905.