Dramatic changes in Soviet society, culture and politics followed Stalin’s death in 1953. This week we turn to the initial period of “De-Stalinization” and “The Thaw” and will use the modules on 1954 and 1956 from Seventeen Moments in Soviet History.
We’ll do a hands-on introduction to the Current Digest of the Soviet Press in class next week, but if you’re at all brave, please go ahead and use if for your post this week. This is a proprietary database and a wonderful resource for Soviet history. It includes English translations of Soviet newspaper, magazine and journal articles from 1949 to the present. You will need to use the “off campus” log-in to access the data base from off campus. You need to set the date parameters and then search by key word. To cite or link to an article use the “persistent URL” (see screenshot):
The section of Freeze that is relevant here is the first part of Ch. 13, pp. 406-433)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.
Image: Fedor Maliaev, “Virgin Lands” (1958)