Tear Down This Blog!

“Behind me stands a wall that encircles the free sectors of this city, part of a vast system of barriers that divides the entire continent of Europe. . . . Standing before the Brandenburg Gate, every man is a German, separated from his fellow men. Every man is a Berliner, forced to look upon a … More Tear Down This Blog!

The War in Cold War

Afghan children play on the remains of a Soviet tank in the Behsood district of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Feb. 18, 2013. Soviet 1979 invasion of Afghanistan On December 24 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The Soviet Union’s actions in Afghanistan demonstrated that they wanted to transform Afghanistan into a Communist State and exploit Afghanistan … More The War in Cold War

Joe-4 Soviet H-Bomb

The successful test of RDS-1 in August of 1949 inspired the Soviet government to institute a major, high-priority program to develop the hydrogen bomb. The Soviets, who received information from Klaus Fuchs regarding the American hydrogen bomb program throughout the late 1940s, knew that thermonuclear weapons were theoretically possible. They also knew that the hydrogen … More Joe-4 Soviet H-Bomb

Not One Step Backwards!

Soviet victory in the epic Battle of Stalingrad was in part due to Joseph Stalin’s notorious Order No. 227, known as “Not One Step Backwards!” Officers who permitted their men to retreat without explicit orders were to be arrested and “treated as traitors,” while rank-and-file “panickers and cowards” were to be shot on the spot … More Not One Step Backwards!

Time to Educate

Education for the Proletariat: To produce more you need to know more. Some of the most innovative, radical, and successful literacy campaigns are those that are born out of revolutions. At the time of the revolution, the vast majority of Russians were peasants toiling under big landowners and eking out a meager existence. More than 60 … More Time to Educate

Rollercoaster of a Revolution

The 1905 Revolution in Russia defies succinct summary because the situation changed so radically from month to month (Freeze 252).   The Russian Revolution of 1905 was instrumental in convincing Tsar Nicholas II to attempt the transformation of the Russian government from an autocracy into a constitutional monarchy. In the years prior to the Revolution, diverse social … More Rollercoaster of a Revolution