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By Sean — 11 years ago
So I start teaching a Russian History class in August. I’ve decided to focus on the Soviet period. The class is 18 weeks and that gives me some time to go over the period with care. I want to have a broad reading list of primary documents for the students to read. I want archival documents, ego documents, political, economic, literature, art, film, any cultural text that illuminates the Soviet experience. I have a bunch of stuff in mind. But then I thought as a way to stimulate some decent discussion and get some readings that I might have not thought of or didn’t know, I figured to ask readers. What readings would you recommend for a survey on Soviet history?
The two texts that I am having for sure are:
Ronald G. Suny, The Soviet Experiment.
Author Koestler, Darkness at Noon.Post Views: 226
By Sean — 1 year ago
By Sean — 9 years ago
Those communists in Voronezh really, really like Stalin. Last month, the Voronezh KPRF put up billboards of Stalin to promote the dictator’s great achievements. The local government demanded that the billboards be removed citing laws on advertising.
But the KPRF is undeterred. Spurred on by the OSCE’s recent resolution equating Stalin with Hitler and the local ban of their Stalin billboards, the regional KPRF office has decided to create pocket Stalin calendars to protest “against the discrimination of their party.” So far 20,000 copies have been printed with plans to produce a total run of 100,000. The calendars won’t be sold, only distributed through Party cells. However, local KPRFers don’t discount a few ending up in local kiosks.
The protest against Stalin haters worldwide doesn’t stop with pocket calendars. In the coming months, Voronezh communists plan on staging an motorcade rally to support the vozhd‘s positive image. As for any possible repercussions, Andrei Poerantsev, a KPRF representative in the Voronezh city council, seems unconcerned. “It’s possible that the protest will alienate some voters who have been convinced by TV propaganda and think Iosif Stalin as first and foremost as an initiator of repression,” he told Kommersant. “But we remember him first and foremost as a powerful leader who has no rival in modern Russian history.”
The calendar’s contents will repeat the general look of the billboards. Inside, the calendar will honor only one holiday: December 21, “the birthday of the People’s Father” with the date embossed in a red star. As Komsomolskaya pravda notes, “Apparently, holidays like New Year’s Day, March 8 (International Women’s Day), and even May 9 (Victory Day) don’t have any real meaning to the calendars authors . . .”
Nope. It’s Comrade Stalin unfettered and undisturbed. Day after glorious day.Post Views: 290