Category: Week 9 Posts

Red vs. Blue: the organizational structures of Cold War allegiances

The complex series of alliances, both military and economic, were a facet of the bipolar, conflicting nature of the Cold War. Featured (clockwise from top left) are the logos of NATO, Comecon, the Warsaw Pact, and the OECD. It’s the late 1960’s, and the Iron Curtain has long since fallen, not just across Europe, but … Continue reading Red vs. Blue: the organizational structures of Cold War allegiances

210 Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The use of psychiatric hospitals as prisons and reeducation centers in Soviet Russia was rampant in the 1960’s.  In an article by Sidney Bloch and Peter Reddaway written in 1973 called Russia’s Political Hospitals. The Abuse of Psychiatry in the Soviet Union it is stated that at least 210 political dissidents were placed in psychiatric care from […]

Novocherkassk Tragedy

  Thousands of workers from the Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Works and their “supporters marched to the Communist Party’s headquarters in order to protest Khrushchev’s passing of legislation that would lead to nation-wide price increases for meat and dairy products on June 2nd, 1962” (Seventeen Moments). The march on headquarters resulted in a labor strike due to the […]

Change in Faith?

As the  Soviet came out of WWII and into the Cold War, many social changes began to shape the nation and influence what it was becoming. Of all the things changing for the Soviet in the latter half of the twentieth century, religion and is ties to the nation was no exception. In 1957 Khrushchev […]

Around the World in 0.075 Days

  When many are young they look up at the sky in hops of one day becoming an astronaut, but for Yuri Gagarin that dream started when a plane crash near his house.  After that fateful day he would peruse a career in flying.  He would first join the flying club near his home, then […]

I Got 99 Friendships and Russia (Actually) Is One

Russia had a major influence over the Third World during the late 1950s leading into the early 1960s, largely due to it’s rivalry with the United States. African and Asian countries that were struggling to obtain independence from colonial rule, as well as building their economy to above-poverty levels, Vietnam was divided and America-backed South Vietnam … Continue reading I Got 99 Friendships and Russia (Actually) Is One

A Cos for Concern

April 12, 1961- Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man to travel into space. Across Russia, Soviets celebrated this triumph as being not only the first nation to launch something into orbit, but also the first nation to put a live human being into space. Vostok 1 became the first manned spacecraft mission, as … Continue reading A Cos for Concern