Families in the USSR

When one thinks of kids in the USSR, one thinks of Communism and institutionalism. Therefore, before I read, I had to actually remind myself that there are actually families in the USSR.  It’s also easy to forget that the Soviet education system was one of the best in the world, easily comparable to that of the US.  When the narrator discusses when she and the other girls studied “Home Economics” and the boys studied “Shop”, it really brings some parallels back to the US, where there are similar divisions in the education system.… Read the rest here

Sevastopol’s Importance

This article does an excellent job in explaining how Sevastopol was crucial in the past, from the World Wars to the myths surrounding it to the importance around the city that remains today.  It’s also interesting how the Soviets deliberately displayed the city in a myth-like way, using stories of heroism and its long past as a  propaganda tool.  In addition with the presence of a naval base of the Russian Black Fleet there today, all of these factors explain the Russian perception of why the city is so important, and also helps to explain the more recent Russian annexation of Crimea.… Read the rest here

Stalin’s Speech

In Stalin’s speech after WWII, it’s interesting how instead of just taking credit for the victory, that he used the victory to justify the existence of the entire Soviet system.  He also tried to use Soviet success in the war to refute the foreign media, which dismissed the entire Soviet system as being a “dangerous experiment” and a “house of cards”.  Stalin used the victory to prove that the Soviet social system worked, with its (supposedly) classless system.  … Read the rest here

Discrimination in the West

Throughout Western history, racism has always been a problem.  The movie Circus took this into account, and criticizes the West for being discriminating and racist against black people, namely against the black baby that the woman in the circus belongs to.  It’s undeniable that there was such discrimination in the West, especially against black people (in the US) and against other minorities such as Jews throughout Europe.  However, that’s not to say that the USSR wasn’t any better.  … Read the rest here

Meyerhold

Meyerhold’s story is important because it signifies the changes in the arts and theater that were occurring in this time. Also, his story signifies a classic ‘rags to riches’ story in which someone who has lost everything (or never really had anything) returns and is successful.

More to the point, though, it’s interesting how this story demonstrates how historically tied Russia and Eastern Europe are. The fact that Meyherhold moved his company from Russia to Georgia at one point, and then later moved back, represents these historical ties.… Read the rest here

Foreign Entities

In his article, Nicholas II said that there was, “a great struggle against a foreign enemy who has been endeavouring for three years to enslave our country.” But what foreign enemy was he talking about? What foreign enemies could he possible have seen meddling in Russian affairs? My theory is that by using the word “foreign”, he was referring to the new alien presences that sought to influence Russia from the inside. This could easily include any of the political parties that were rising up (and being suppressed) within Russia at the time.… Read the rest here

Foreign Entities

In his article, Nicholas II said that there was, “a great struggle against a foreign enemy who has been endeavouring for three years to enslave our country.” But what foreign enemy was he talking about? What foreign enemies could he possible have seen meddling in Russian affairs? My theory is that by using the word “foreign”, he was referring to the new alien presences that sought to influence Russia from the inside. This could easily include any of the political parties that were rising up (and being suppressed) within Russia at the time.… Read the rest here