Soviet Union: Land of Plenty?

Students: We’ll be looking at these images later in the semester. But think about how they relate to our discussion of sustainability and modern state practices. What do you notice? What is interesting, surprising, strange, revealing?

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About Karl Qualls

This blog was founded by Karl Qualls, Professor of History at Dickinson College. Karl has received the Constance and Rose Ganoe Memorial Award for Inspirational Teaching, Gamma Sigma Alpha National Honor Society Professor of the Year, and Student Senate Professor of the Year. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters, including a chapter in the textbook Russia and Western Civilization: Cultural and Historical Encounters (M.E. Sharpe, 2003) written in collaboration with his colleagues at Dickinson College. He is also author of the monograph From Ruins to Reconstruction: Urban Identity in Soviet Sevastopol after World War II (Cornell, 2009). His most recent book is Stalin’s Niños: Educating Spanish Civil War Refugee Children in the Soviet Union, 1937–1951 (Toronto, 2020). He teaches Russian, German, Italian, and eastern European histories, as well as courses on European dictators, urban history, historical methods, the Holocaust, and more.

One thought on “Soviet Union: Land of Plenty?

  1. It’s kinda freaky, reminds me a lot of the mid 1900’s ads (propaganda?) in America. They depict a strong and unified culture but the country was strongly divided, they lacked the acquired wealth and time to sustain a the vibrant culture depicted in these images. The country had just redefined herself — she needed some time for everything to settle.

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