The Fall of the Denim Curtain

Arguably the most significant event of the Brezhnev era was the legalization of the production of blue jeans. Though many universities and workplaces had previously forbidden the wearing of jeans, the USSR embraced the denim craze, commissioning companies to manufacture jeans in 1979.

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Blat Out Wrong

Blat is defined as “an exchange of favours or access to public resources in conditions of shortages and a state system of privileges." Blat, just like the second economy was both vital to its survival and at rival with it, as all acts of the Second Economy were illegal with harsh punishments.

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Aberration in Afghanistan

The Soviet Union’s intervention in Afghanistan is widely seen as one of the most costly and misguided military decisions made in the 20th century, and it is often cited as one of the biggest reasons the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991.

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The Olympics Got Political (Again)

The 1980 Moscow Olympics were supposed to be the Soviet Union’s chance to show off their culture and athletic prowess on the international stage. However, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 caused the United States and 55 other countries to boycott the games in protest.

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Comrades' Corner

The Soviet’s Vietnam

On May 26th, 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev signed an agreement limiting the use of anti-ballistic missiles (Strategic Arms Limitations Talks). This agreement, known as the SALT I treaty, would mark the beginning of détente between the two superpowers. However, this thaw in the Cold War would not bring international … Continue reading The Soviet’s Vietnam

‘Goodbye, America!’

The Olympics is always a world wide spectacle.  It is a way to honor the the exceptional psychical talent that men and women across the globe have.  It is a way for countries to unite together in friendly competition. It’s

Boycott after Boycott

When I think about the Olympic games, I think of a world wide sporting event that has gone one since the 1894 (and in the 8th century in Ancient Greece). It feels like a time where for even a few weeks, rival nations can come together and compete in a way that shows respect for […]

Cultural Contradiction

      The Helsinki Accords were signed on August 1, 1975 in Helsinki, Finland (US Department of State). The signatories of this conference include 35 European states, the US, and Canada. The goal of this conference “was to reduce tension between East and West” (New World Encyclopedia, 2014). This diplomatic effort served to lessen […]

Olympic Fanfare and Drama

***Please open this while reading: The World’s Favorite Song. Stagflation no more?…Much to the West’s discontent, the 1980 Summer Olympics was selected for Moscow, in 1974; in the middle of the strategic parity with the US. Russia, emerging as a superpower getting global attention, infringing on US supremacy in news, image, and knowledge. And now, … Continue reading Olympic Fanfare and Drama