20th Century Russia
Embark on this journey with me as we submerge ourselves in the life of the rise and fall of the Soviet Union.
Hello! My name is Josh Roach and I am from the small town of Round Hill in Northern Virginia. I am currently studying Political Science with a focus on National Security at Virginia Tech with the hopes of going to flight school afterwards and become a pilot. I have decided to take a quick detour and fly back into the 20th century and learn about the Soviet Union, which I knew very little about besides the fact that they were our allies in WWII and then became our enemies for the next half of the century. The Soviet Union is very interesting and there was rarely a dull moment during its lifetime so I hope you enjoy getting a taste of what life was like in the Motherland just as much as I did.
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In January of 1968, Alexander Dubcek took the position of First Secretary from Antonin Novotny, a man who struggled working with the youth and intellectuals who were beginning to take on a western influence in their lives. While Dubcek promised to stay in the Warsaw Pact, some of his policies were influenced by western ideals.Continue reading “Socialism With a Face: Prague Spring 1968”
Following the death of Stalin, Russia was entering into the era of De-Stalinization. One of the areas that Khrushchev wanted to change was the agricultural industry. While Stalin was in power, the agricultural community took a big hit and was not the primary focus of the party. When Khrushchev announced that he wanted to increaseContinue reading “The Rise and Fall of the Virgin Lands”
“Pick” a Side During the Russian Civil War, Russia was pretty much split in half with the Bolsheviks, also known as the Red’s, controlling the Western part of Russia and the scattered groups of opposing forces known as the White’s on the Eastern half. Both the Orthodox Church and Catholic Church were present throughout RussiaContinue reading “The Battle Between Heaven and Hell… In Russia”
Back in the early 20th century, Russia had a vast area of forests located around the Ural Mountains. Forests were a prized possession to the Russians as it offered them a vast amount of resources. They were also believed to have healing powers and helped people with tuberculosis by purifying the air. The log houseContinue reading “The Enchanted Forests”
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