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The End of the USSR

Political theorist Machiavelli wrote many pieces on what to do if a coup overthrows a government.  He writes that those who overthrow the government are in debt to the people or organizations who aided them in creating the coup.  He continues by saying that the best way to keep a nation free after overthrowing the […]

It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me

Russia had music throughout history but nothing compared to Rock and Roll.  This type of music was considered almost barbaric and was frowned upon by the older generations.  Rock and Roll eventually created a huge impact in society.  The lyrics would attack the issues of the nation which annoyed the government. The West had a…

Making the Capitalist Nations Catch Up

The Soviets were the first to have a human in space.  This man was called the Cosmonaut but his real name was Yury Alexeyevich Gagarin.  He successfully maneuvered a space ship out of this atmosphere and back down to earth safely.  Upon returning, he asked to call Khrushchev and discuss the flight with him.  In the…

Freedom for Some

After the death of Stalin, the government freed many prisoners in gulags.  Amnesty was given to those under the age of 18, women who had children under 10 years old, pregnant women, men older than 55, women older than 50, and those suffering from incurable diseases like cancer.  In addition to this, if a prisoner’s…

New Nation New Anthem

In 1943, General Aleksandr Vasilievich Aleksandrov, Garold El-Registan, and Sergei Mikhalkov took it upon themselves to write a new national anthem for Russia.  The old anthem did not disappear though, it became the party anthem while the new song became the national anthem for Russia as a whole.  The national anthem can be found here. Generating a…

Separation of Church and State

The Kremlin had instituted restrictions on religion and the church in 1923 but instituted more laws against the church in 1929.  These laws sparked violence towards the church, the members, and the property.  The government did not want their citizens attending church services on Sunday’s that they kept factories operational on the weekend to encourage the…

Ekaterina Breshkovskaia

The Bolsheviks took Russia and turned it into a modernized, progressive state where women gained more respect.  Although gender fell second to class issues, passing legislation that took steps towards equality was more than other nations in the world were doing at that time.  Russian populist Ekaterina Breshkovskaia was considered the “grandmother of the Revolution.”…

From Autocracy to Constitutional Monarchy

The Russian Revolution taking place in 1905 was essential in convincing Tsar Nicholas II to move from an autocratic government towards a constitutional monarchy.  This was the result of the general population recognizing the need for change after being beaten in the Russo-Japanese War just the year before.  It was during this revolution that Bloody…

“Cementing the Foundation of a Sluice Dam”

In the Prokudin-Gorskii collection, “Laying Concrete for the Dam’s Sluice” was taken while Nicholas II was traveling around imperial Russia.  Under Tsar Nicholas II, a sluice dam was built in the Volga-Baltic waterway.  I chose this picture because I will be going to see the Panama Canal this summer and this specific dam in Russia was…

About Me

I am a Junior at Virginia Tech majoring Political Science with a concentration in National Security.  I am originally from New Jersey but now I live in Virginia.  In my free time, I am probably watching the Philadelphia Eagles or New York Yankees play.  This blog is for my 20th Century Russia class.