Rachael Dawson

Miners Strike Again

Picture Source: http://stansburyforum.com/making-sense-of-marikana/ The Miners’ Strike in 1989, which demanded an end to the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, was followed by another strike in 1991, which differed in a number of ways. “Whereas in 1989 the miners were wary of provoking repression, in 1991 they boldly called for Gorbachev’s resignation, the dismantling of the … Continue reading Miners Strike Again

Dissent in the 1970’s

Photo source: http://www.haaretz.com/st/c/prod/eng/25yrs_russ_img/ The 1970’s marked the emergence of a movement in defense of human rights. The main voice for the movement was the Chronicle of Current Events. This journal consisted of political programmatic materials, and it allowed the editors to share their hardships and the human rights violations they had been subject to. Dissidence also took … Continue reading Dissent in the 1970’s

Third World Friendships

Photo source: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/russia-circa-1962-post-stamp-printed-545221597 Th above photo represents “peace among all people,” and important aspect for the Soviet Union in the 1960’s. In the 1960’s, the Soviet Union began to expand its influence in what was then (and now) referred to as the Third World. The areas of influence included parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, … Continue reading Third World Friendships

The Khrushchev Economy

The late 1950’s were a time of extraordinary high rates of growth in the industrial and agricultural sectors. The annual GNP increased from 5 percent (1951-1955) to 5.9 percent (1956-1960). Labour productivity rose 62 percent and the industrial sector experienced a total growth of 80 percent. Agriculture became the new focus of development. Khrushchev proposed … Continue reading The Khrushchev Economy

Victory for the Soviets

The “Great Patriotic War,” otherwise known as World War II,  was a difficult time for both the USSR and Germany. Both states were limited in resources and struggled to maintain a satisfied audience of citizens as well as successfully maintain their armies due to lack of food and advanced weaponry. The Battle of Stalingrad turned … Continue reading Victory for the Soviets