4th Blogpost Guidelines: Defending the Motherland and “High Stalinism”

This week we turn our attention to The Great Patriotic War (aka World War II) and the immediate post-war period.  Please use one of the modules from 1943 or 1947 in Seventeen Moments in Soviet History on-line archive. You should consult Ch. 12 in the Freeze text. If you are writing about something specific to the war, it would be worth considering William C. Fuller’s discussion on pp. 383-392 of Freeze about the reasons for Soviet victory. There is an activity for this part of the text as well.

I have also flagged some resources that might be of interest on my blog here.

As you develop your topic, think about how your post might address these questions:

  1. Why was Stalin’s Soviet Union so ill-prepared for the war?
  2. How did the Soviets nonetheless manage to prevail?
  3. What were the key challenges facing Soviet society in the aftermath of WWII?
  4. How did military victory condition the peace that followed, both domestically and internationally?

There’s plenty of action, drama, and complexity to keep us all engaged this week.  Ни шагу назад!

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.

Some reminders for people ready to “level-up” their posting skills:

  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?
  3. Diversify your source base and take advantage of the many primary sources that will give depth and life to your narrative.

Getting serious about sources and citation:

  1. Check out (and use) Mike Caulfield’s Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers
  2. identify the source and title of any images or videos you use.
  3. provide URLs for all web sources and page numbers for all print sources. Even if your bibliography program generates a citation automatically you will probably need to add information to make the citation intelligible and the source easy to find.