A. Nelson

Final Blogpost Guidelines

Mikhail Gorbachev’s leadership ushered in an era of increased freedom, opportunity, and hope for Soviet citizens, even as it fostered economic uncertainty, political instability, and the threat of chaos. For your final blog post, please choose a topic that gives you some insight on the collapse of Soviet communism and the social transformation that accompanied it.

Tenth Blogpost Guidelines

Despite it’s reputation for “stagnation,” the Soviet seventies were anything but boring! Science fiction, new modes of consumerism and expanding television and film offerings shaped the decade, as did the dissident movement, the campaign to clean-up the Aral Sea, and the invasion of Afghanistan.

“No Greater Love” – Soviet Victory in WWII

Defeating Nazi Germany on the battlefield required an all-out mobilization effort from the Soviets. Indeed the home front became as essential to eventual victory as the battlefront, as Soviet citizens realized that the nation’s very survival was at stake. This weekly edition reflects the varied and integrated aspects of the Soviet Union’s struggle for survival and the costs of its eventual victory in World War II. We had several posts that explored the changing roles and perceptions of women as well as many powerful discussions of the military leadership, key battles, the traumas of the Holocaust and the POW experience. A third category of posts dealt with the official culture of the war and post war cultural policy. Our title is an homage to the English title of Friedrich Ermler’s film about a courageous partisan leader played by the great Vera Maretskaia. Known as “She Defends the Motherland” in Russian, the film was first released in the United States during the war under the title, “No Greater Love.”