Tag: workers

Work From Home

As the Soviet moved forward into the decade after WWII, many social issues continued to change. One of the more prominent issues would be the dynamic and shifting role women played in society. During the second world war a shift was seen as women played a more involved role in the war that had a […]

The “Real” 1950s Soviet Woman

In the 1950s the ideal Soviet women would be a homemaker, feeding and taking care of her children, her home, and her husband in addition to looking good and having time for leisure activities like reading or going to the cinema. But this was not the reality of all Soviet women. Many had no time […]

New Country, New Me

The amazing thing about the formation of the Soviet Union was the new possibilities it presented. The Bolsheviks promised a new society, one where the working class, not the nobility and the church, were the center of power. Such a grand political and social revolution presented an opportunity not only for new government and social relations, […]


  Prisoners of War constituted an important economic force both as laborers within the camps, as well as in agriculture and the industry outside of them. They were not entirely isolated from Russian society. There was always a great deal of uncertainty for Prisoners of War. The upheaval in Russia during World War I resulted […]

Iron Work in the Urals

Mountains can have many uses for a nation. They can serve as a form of border between two countries, as a sort of natural defensive wall against invaders, provide incredible beauty to a, and as an important source of resources. This last use is shown in the picture above, entitled “Molding of an artistic casting”. […]

#1: “Transportation of Lumber for the Smelting of Iron Ore”

Prokudin-Gorskii’s photographic record of late Imperial Russia during the early 1900s provides a fascinating insight into the rapidly changing landscape of the country and its inhabitants.  In Prokudin-Gorskii’s “Transportation of Lumber of the Smelting of Iron Ore,” laborers are pictured sitting atop birch logs at the Bakal iron mines. The logs were used as a source of fuel and […]