Category: Motherblog Central Directives

Building Socialism in the Thirties

Stained glass Shabalovskaya Metro

Stained glass Shabalovskaya Metro

A fine series of posts populated the site over the Spring Break. This weekly edition focuses on some of the key themes of the Soviet thirties, particularly the transformation of the built environment and the evolution of new sensibilities around physical culture, sport and gender roles. Other posts explored these contours of the “Great Retreat” in ways that highlight the contradictions and appeal of “Socialism in One Country” by focusing on the new patriotism. Your editorial team invites you to savor the wonderful offerings in the slider, and comrade’s corner, and encourages you to make time for this Buzz Lightyear-themed discussion of Stalin’s favorite pilot, Valery Chkalov.

Stained Glass in Shabolovskaia Metro Station. Creative Commons 3.0


The Revolution of 1905 and the Constitutional Experiment

Our second weekly edition offers readers a range of provocative and insightful material on the revolution of 1905, the revolutionary movement, and Russia’s “Constitutional Experiment.” The slider features one of the many strong posts about Bloody Sunday, as well as Mitch L’s critical examination of the “Fundamental(ly Flawed) Law” of 1906.  These posts were also…

Third Blogpost Guidelines

It’s time for more war and revolution! This week we move into range of a fabulous digital archive that will inspire us for the rest of the term. The topic of your post this week is the end of the autocracy and the two revolutions of 1917.  Use the resources in Seventeen Moments of Soviet History (1917) and Module Three of the Digital History Reader (1917 – Did the War Cause a Revolution?) to examine a significant aspect of the Russian Revolution that interests you.  You should also consult the Freeze text (the last part of the Chapter 8 and Chapter 9 up to the October Revolution).

Images of Empire

We are delighted to welcome you to the first weekly digest! The photographs from the Prokudin-Gorskii collection prompted a series of wide-ranging and insightful posts dealing with Imperial Russian society between the Great Reforms and the turn of the century. Visitors to the site can access all of them by clicking on the “Week 1…