The Soviet Union doesn’t want you to put on that red light. The Soviet Union doesn’t want you to put that dress on tonight. The real version In the mid 1980’s, there was a spike in prostitution and freedom with body expression. The women of the USSR did so in the name of ‘glasnost’ and […]

Secrets, Secrets are No Fun

Secrets, secrets are no fun unless you share with everyone. The speech that everyone was talking about, yet nobody knew about, Khrushchev’s “Secret Speech“. To give a little bit of background, this speech was made behind closed doors, solely to the Communist Party’s Twentieth Congress, and there was no press from the Soviet side to […]

Lights… Camera… REVOLT!

How did the party sell this dream world to its citizens? The answer is in Movie Magic. From its conception, the art of cinema has been a whirlwind force of cultural change. That is exactly why the Bolsheviks utilized cinema as much as possible to allow for maximum possible influence. War films and exciting promises […]

Ladies, Let’s Get in Formation

Pictured above is three peasant girls, each holding a couple of berries they harvested off the land. They collected these berries as a gift to the foreign visitor, in this case the photographer Prokudin-Gorskiĭ. This image was taken in 1909 prior to the industrialization of the Russian Empire. This picture intrigued me because, first of […]


“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” -Stalin

This is an educational blog site in the works for HIST 3644!