7th Blog post Guidelines: The Great Patriotic War

Ia. T. Rulevsky, "Frontline Girlfriends" (1941)

Ia. T. Rulevsky, “Frontline Girlfriends” (1941)

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. 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.

Some reminders for people ready to “level-up” their posting skills:

  1. Write something you’d like a friend to read and ask you about. Leave the reporting to the encyclopedias and think instead about what’s interesting, important, or confounding about the topic you chose. Why did you choose to write about this item in the first place?
  2. Try hyperlinking in the text of your post. Why leave the citations in a list at the bottom of the page when you can link to related material in the text of your post?
  3. Diversify your source base and take advantage of the many primary sources that will give depth and life to your narrative.

Getting serious about sources and citation:

  1. identify the source and title of any images or videos you use.
  2. provide URLs for all web sources and page numbers for all print sources. If your bibliography program doesn’t generate these automatically you will need to add them in manually.

There’s plenty of action, drama, and complexity to keep us all engaged this week.  Ни шагу назад!

Image: Ia. T. Rulevsky, “Front Line Girlfriends” (1941)

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