Month: March 2018

Blog 5 – The Famine of 1946

Pictured: A newspaper ad headlining mass starvation and the effects of grain confiscation. ( One of the challenges that faced Soviet society after WWII was food. In 1946, Russia faced one of its largest famines. This famine led to the mass starvation across the country, and in turn, many deaths. The conditions were caused by … Continue reading Blog 5 – The Famine of 1946

Not One Step Back!

"Not One Step Back" Postage Stamp 1945

By G. Savitsky, USSR Post. – свой скан бумажных марок из личной коллекции, Public Domain, Link

The imperative of order 227 (and the potential punishment for failure to obey the command to not retreat) conveys the all-encompassing urgency of the Soviet Union’s struggle to defend itself and repel the German invaders during World War II.This weekly edition features a rich assortment of posts on the many facets of that costly defense — from the evacuation of factories from the country’s West to safety behind the Urals, to snipers, tactics, and the broader reasons for the Soviets’ lack of preparedness for the war and for their eventual success. Enjoy reading. We will be back with more features on Stalin’s final years and the transition to life after the Vozhd’ next week.

6th Blog Post Guidelines: From the Big Deal to the Thaw

Dramatic changes in Soviet society, culture and politics followed Stalin’s death in 1953. This week we consider Stalin’s final years before turning to the initial period of “De-Stalinization” and “The Thaw.” The modules on 1947, 1954 and 1956 from Seventeen Moments in Soviet History  are good starting points. You might also be interested in the photographs and films from the Martin Manhoff Collection on Radio Free Europe’s website. These materials offer fascinating views of everyday life and a rare perspective on Stalin’s funeral.

A Job the Soviets Couldn’t Finnish

Despite the hostilities between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany in the 1930s due to ideological differences and rising power, Hitler offered Stalin an offer he simply could not refuse. On August 23, 1939 the two parties agreed on the Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact  that ensured mutual neutrality and secretly partitioned areas of Eastern Europe including […]

Territory & WWII

By signing the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk on March 3, 1918 the Soviet Russia gave up its territorial claims to the Baltic region, Ukraine, and other parts of Eastern Europe to formally end its participation in World War I. As previously stated in my second blog post, this allowed for the Bolshevik leadership to focus on … Continue reading Territory & WWII

Literally the Only Time the US and the USSR Didn’t Hate Each Other

Seemingly from the inception of the Soviet Union all the way to present day, the Soviet Union and every version of it that followed has been at odds with the United States. Communism and capitalism are functionally antithetical, and since the USSR and the United States respectively embody each system, it makes sense that there would …

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An Unorthodox Solution

To the average Russian, it must have seemed in the summer of 1941 that their was no salvation from the Nazi tide to the West. Within the first month of Germany’s “Operation Barbarossa”, which takes overtones