Category: Greatest Hits

A Look At The March Referendum: What Did it Mean for the Soviet State?

Openness and restructuring When Mikhail Gorbachev embarked on his crusade of reforms and unleashed the forces of “Glasnost” and “Perestroika” he had confidence in the nationality policy of the Soviet State, and therefore felt comfortable opening up Soviet society to a wide range of economic change and political discord. However, Gorbachev soon found himself inContinue reading “A Look At The March Referendum: What Did it Mean for the Soviet State?”

With Their Tanks, and Their Bombs, and Their Bombs, and Their Guns: Soviet Arms Exports

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Soviet Union was the largest arms exporter in the world. According to Robbin Laird’s article “Soviet Arms Trade with the Noncommunist Third World”, in 1980 the USSR was responsible for 34% of the world’s arms exports. A CIA report from 1980 places the value of those salesContinue reading “With Their Tanks, and Their Bombs, and Their Bombs, and Their Guns: Soviet Arms Exports”

It Was the End of the World as We Knew It (And Did We Feel Fine?)

Before You Start Freaking Out . . . Big disclaimer: this post WILL be a tad bit off-topic. I had a hard time picking something I really resonated with among the possible topics in the Seventeen Moments, BUT this article about the “detente” period in the late 60s and 70s got the ball rolling forContinue reading “It Was the End of the World as We Knew It (And Did We Feel Fine?)”

What’s a Woman to Think? That She Doesn’t Have Time for Anything.

“It was morning—the beginning of another day which, just like hundreds of days before it and thousands of days to come, would be filled with the bitterness and boredom of endless, terribly petty and soul-destroying work, all the things which filled the life of a housewife, the life of millions and millions of women.” (Fadeev)Continue reading “What’s a Woman to Think? That She Doesn’t Have Time for Anything.”

Semyorka (R-7) USSR and the Space Race with the USA

Stalin, in the early 1950s, press the USSR heavy industries along with the Soviet Military, to develop a rocket program that ultimately would lead to the Russian ICBM or Semyorka, also called the R-7. The first successful flight occurred on 21 August 1957. The “chief designer”, whose identity remained a state secret until 1966, was […]