6th Blog Post Guidelines: The Terrible, Terrific Thirties

The thirties await our attention and as good Shockworkers we will bring our best, most enthusiastic and most astute energies to the task at hand. You have a great opportunity over spring break to level-up your posting prowess.

What does that mean?  The answer depends on where you are and where you’d like to be….Specific things nearly everyone can do to make their posts more appealing include:

  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? (Jo does a good job with this in her post about abortion.
  3. Diversify your source base and take advantage of the many primary sources that will give depth and life to your narrative.
  4. Find good high-value sources

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.

This is your summons to overfulfill your plan!

For this week’s post, please choose a topic from the 1934, 1936 or 1939 section of Seventeen Moments of Soviet History and use it to examine the political, social, economic and cultural dynamics of the Soviet thirties. Framing questions for this week are on the “Key Questions” page. (Please save the module on “Territorial Annexations” for next week, as it is directly connected to World War II.) You should also consult second part of Ch. 11 (pp. 358-373) in the Freeze text. 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.

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