Category: Second Research Digest

Lenin’s last congress: Lenin’s report to the Eleventh Congress of the RCP(B)

The Eleventh Congress of the Russian Communist Party Bolshevik was held from March 27th to April 2nd in 1922. The congress was the last attended by Lenin in person and the second to last congress before his death in 1924. This post will analysis the Political Report of the Central Committee of the RCP(B) givenContinue reading “Lenin’s last congress: Lenin’s report to the Eleventh Congress of the RCP(B)”

The Scissors Crisis

The New Economic Policy (NEP) was implemented in 1921 by Vladimir Lenin as an attempt by the Bolsheviks to recover and revive the Russian economy after years of War Communism. War Communism was the economic policy during the Russian Civil War from 1918 to 1921 and its main focus was to enable the Red Army …

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Fighting Capitalism with Capitalism: NEP and Russian Youth

The image above is a poster titled “6,000,000 Children Not Served By Schools” (1923). The poster warns that homeless children will resort to crime and begging if they are not helped. The New Economic Policy (NEP) was introduced in the Tenth Party Congress in March 1921 as a means to reinvigorate the Russian economy followingContinue reading “Fighting Capitalism with Capitalism: NEP and Russian Youth”

The Holodomor Question

General prime source for this blog is book Red Famine by Anne Applebaum. History reminds us that in the 1932-33 period in the USSR, Stalin caused mass starvation in the Ukraine by the confiscation the grain and other food stuffs produced there for the consumption others in the USSR while leaving little to none for […]

Anti-religious Propaganda: Taking Control of the Soviet State

Throughout history, religion has been a fundamental ideology that is seen is almost every culture around the globe. This is no different for the Soviet Union however it comes with some unique challenges. The decree of January 20, 1918 caused the dissolve of the Orthodox Church and the Bolsheviks also made sure that the clergyContinue reading “Anti-religious Propaganda: Taking Control of the Soviet State”

New and Improved Social and Gender Norms! Brought to you by the Bolshevik Party (for now).

The revolution affected social norms, in regard to gender roles, in that women were liberated from their “traditional” roles as being caretaker of the home and children with the establishment of socialism. There are several ways that this occurred, one of which was that women, especially older women, were given opportunities to learn how to …

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Who Run The World? Not Girls in 1924 Soviet Russia

Привет, друзья! (Hello, friends!)   I hope that everyone is doing okay during the quarantine and has plenty of toilet paper! In this blog, I want to focus on how the revolution affected social norms regarding gender roles, and how early Soviet policy toward the family attempted to realize revolutionary values.   The Komsomol is …

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