Russian for the Summer Olympics

Pictured: A choreographed show producing a hammer and sickle and the face of Lenin at the Opening Ceremony, 1980. The Olympics have been around since 1896. A spectacle featuring the world’s top athletes, their abilities, and the country’s patriotism. The Olympics have become a major source of entertainment as millions gather around to watch and…

The Hunger Games

Pictured: A newspaper ad headlining mass starvation and the effects of grain confiscation. One of the challenges that faced Soviet society after WWII was food. In 1946, Russia faced one of its largest famines. This famine led to the mass starvation across the country, and in turn, many deaths. The conditions were caused by drought,…

It’s Not Stealing, It’s Collectivizing

Pictured: One of many propaganda posters promoting collectivization and collective farm work. The Soviet government enforced collectivization of its agricultural sector as this was part of the first five-year plan. Collectivization means consolidating individual landholdings and labor into collective farms, hence the term collectivization. In short, peasants had to give up their farms to join…

I Like to Move It, Move It

Pictured: A financier shocked as he looks at how efficient the Soviet Union industry is. See more militarization of labor pictures here! One of the reasons the Bolsheviks prevailed in the Civil War was due to the militarization of labor. “The militarization of labor involved two main processes: converting military units into labor armies, and…

Shoot for the Tsars

Pictured: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Tsar Nicholas II was the last emperor of Russia, ruling from 1894 to 1917 when he was abdicated. During his reign, Russia transformed from being one of the world’s great powers to a country of economic and military turmoil. Nicholas II was nicknamed Nicholas the Bloody, due to his…

Need to Stay on Track

Pictured: Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. On the Handcar Outside Petrozavodsk on the Murmansk Railway, 1915. Digital color rendering. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsc-03951 (15) Photographer Prokudin-Gorskii and others ride in a handcar on the Murmansk Railroad. The Ministry of Transport facilitated Prokudin-Gorskii’s trips; Prokudin-Gorskii’s last trip with the ministry was to the Murmansk Railroad. The Murmansk…