Looking Back on Fall 2015

We are putting a wrap on the semester, but not on our study of Soviet culture. The class worked with the editorial team to select twelve posts representing the chronological span and topical range of the course — from our initial forays into the literature and painting of the Realists through the study of life in communal apartments in the […]

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With Glasnost There Are No Secrets

After his ascension to the position of General Secretary, Mikhail Gorbachev faced numerous problems both in Soviet society and in government. A combination of inefficient industry, lack of free press, and an undemocratic political system created an ineffective government and stagnant economy. To tackle these problems, Gorbachev launched the revolutionary campaign of  glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring). Perestroika […]

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