10th Blogpost Guidelines: Stagnation and Beyond

Rock music, neScreen Shot 2016-04-21 at 12.34.12 PMw modes of consumerism, expanding television and film offerings, and science fiction shaped the Soviet seventies, as did the dissident movement, the campaign to clean up the Aral sea, and the invasion of Afghanistan. Despite it’s reputation for “stagnation,” this decade was anything but boring! For this post, we will use the modules on 1973 and 1980 from Seventeen Moments in Soviet History.  Please also consult and use the Current Digest of the Soviet Press and cite the articles you use from this collection.  Feel free to explore any other relevant topic from this period as well.  There are good suggestions for primary materials on the Soviet History Resources Page as well.

The second half of Chapter 13 in the Freeze text (pp. 434-450) will also be helpful. You may focus on an event, a development or an individual. Your post should use (and cite) primary sources (texts, music, or images). You may also use a particular image or primary document as a focal point for your post.

Everyone needs to post either this week or next (our last weekly edition). Think about the shape and trajectory of your work over the semester and make these final submissions count. We want the weekly edition to conclude on a high note!

Image: Socialist Space Workers (1973)

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