Aw (Foe)y What Have We Done

The United States and the Soviet Union have never been best buds. However, the 1970's brought about a new foreign policy that both the Soviet Union and the United States could get on board with, that of détente. This policy, as described by Gregory Freeze in his book, "Russia a History," made way for agreements …

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The Ear-Resistible Crop

It is laid out in the thirteenth chapter of Gregory Freeze's book, Russia A History, that Khrushchev was not the most likely successor to Stalin; However, he had a great attribute in his ability to relate to the common folk through his concern for popular welfare (409). Khrushchev, after taking power, implemented agricultural reforms specifically …

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Women: Powerful or just Domestic?

This image, entitled "The Delegate" from the visual essay, "Models & Counter-models of Gender" within the subject of Revolutionary Manliness reminded me of Liuda in the silent film, "Bed and Sofa." This image depicting women in the communist 1920's is grouped with four others, each different from the next. Below are two starkly contrasting photographs, …

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Welcome to The Lasting Effects of a Soviet Sphere of Influence

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! The Lasting Effects of a Soviet Sphere of Influence is the compilation of my Twentieth Century Russia undergraduate course. I have been interested in Soviet history since visiting St. Petersburg (or should I say Petrograd!) in the summer of 2016, and wanted to learn more through this course. I …

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