Category: Week 4 Posts

The Rise and Fall of the Proletkult

During the Russian Revolution, culture became a hot topic among the two sides and ended up being another cause of conflict between the Proletarians and Lenin’s government. Both sides agreed that culture was an important aspect of the revolution, but that was about as far as they got. Lenin’s intrigue in culture was simply a…

Out With Religion, and In With Communism!

Once the Bolsheviks came to hold power in 1917, they were forming a “cultural front” that would spread across Russia throughout the 1920s. Creating the future Communist Party of the Soviet Union meant that some changes needed to be made to the original structure of the country so less people would deviate from their obligations … Continue reading Out With Religion, and In With Communism!

Reform or Bust

  In 1921, Lenin introduced the New Economic Policy in order to rebuild Russia’s devastated economy. The Russian Civil War left Russia in pieces, especially the economy. Furthermore, citizens faced terrible economic hardships. As a result, there was a strong decline in Bolshevik support. Lenin realized that he needed to do something. Thus, the War […]

Lenin’s Pragmatic Approach with the West

The civil war with the White Army left a profound imprint on Bolshevik political culture in the early 1920s. Following the war, the Red Army remained the largest and most important institution of the new state. Soviet Russia ultimately became a quasi military-administrative state, in which the military essentially permeated throughout the government, economy, and […]

A New Economic Policy?

In March of 1921, Lenin introduced his New Economic Policy to the tenth Congress as a means of fixing the many shortages that ran rampant throughout Russia, particularly food. Essentially the New Economic Policy (NEP) allowed peasants to sell their food surpluses on the open market, instead of having their surplus claimed by the state. … Continue reading A New Economic Policy?

Militarization of Labor during the civil war

The militarization of labor and the fact that the Bolsheviks won the civil war connect on many different levels. There was the falling apart of other armies and labor forces and both the army and the labor forces had strong, bold leaders. Trotsky was a very present leader in the case of the militarization of […]

Bolshevik Party: The Antichrist?

“Religion is the opiate of the people” – Karl Marx Beginning prior to the 1917 Revolution and lasting well beyond, several internal factions and ideological differences manifested themselves within Russia.  For example, Bolshevik officials agreed with the moderate socialist’s whom endorsed bourgeois rule, while many radical underground activists rejected the bourgeois provisional government (Freeze, 280).  […]

Breaking the Chains of Religion

   He who lives and works in need his entire life is taught by religion to be meek and patient in this world, offering the comfort of hope for a heavenly reward. And they who live on the labor of others are taught by religion to be charitable in this world, offering them a cheap […]