Category: Blog Post Guidelines

Final Blogpost Guidelines

Mikhail Gorbachev’s leadership ushered in an era of increased freedom, opportunity, and hope for Soviet citizens, even as it fostered economic uncertainty, political instability, and the threat of chaos. For your final blog post, please choose a topic that gives you some insight on the collapse of Soviet communism and the social transformation that accompanied it.

Tenth Blogpost Guidelines

Despite it’s reputation for “stagnation,” the Soviet seventies were anything but boring! Science fiction, new modes of consumerism and expanding television and film offerings shaped the decade, as did the dissident movement, the campaign to clean-up the Aral Sea, and the invasion of Afghanistan.

7th Blog Post Guidelines – The Great Patriotic War

This week we turn our attention to The Great Patriotic War (aka World War II) and the immediate post-war period.  Please use one of the modules from 1943 or 1947 in Seventeen Moments in Soviet History on-line archive. You may also use the module on Soviet Territorial Annexations from 1939.  You should consult  Ch. 12 in the Freeze text. If you are writing about something specific to the war, it would be worth considering William C. Fuller’s discussion on pp. 383-392 of Freeze about the reasons for Soviet victory.

5th Blog Post Guidelines – The Great Turn

Join Us On the Collective Farm (1930)

The end of the twenties marked a dramatic shift in the tenor and substance of political, social and economic life in the Soviet Union. Indeed the “Great Turn” brought changes so profound and wide-reaching that this period is often seen as a “second” revolution. For this week’s post, please choose a topic in the “1929”…

Second Blogpost Guidelines

“Manifesto of October 17,” by Ilya Repin [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Our second set of posts will focus on the development of a revolutionary movement in Russia and the revolution of 1905. You should start by reading Freeze (Chapter 8) and then develop one of the following topics:

1) Marxism / Leninism. Use the resources in the Marxist Internet Archive to examine the development of Marxism in Russia before the revolution of 1905.