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How Soviet Artists Imagined Communist Life in Space

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Artists from the Soviet Union didn’t just imagine a worker’s Utopia on Earth. They also thought that the great communist experiment would eventually reach other worlds, too. Here are some incredible works of art and conceptual design that put the Soviet Union in space.

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BBC Great Lives: Hitches on Trotsky

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

A fight ensues. Fun radio!

Who Knew Photos From Soviet-Era Russia Could Look So Happy?

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

It would be difficult to guess Sergey Chilikov’s photographs are a product of repressive, Soviet-era Russia. Sergey Chilikov: Selected Works 1978–, published by Schilt Publishing at the end of 2011 is brimming with Chilikov’s relatively unknown work covering the span of his career, from the 1970s through the late 2000s.

The book’s introduction describes the bleak place photography held in Soviet Russia during the 1970s. During that period, photography wasn’t given credence as a legitimate art form and even classic Soviet photography wasn’t included in museum exhibitions. In order to get their work seen, photographers started their own clubs, exchanging work with other clubs and organizing their own exhibitions and festivals, and thereby creating a community that supported photography as a legitimate art form.

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Left: From the Everyday cycle, Chorus girls series, Cheboksary, 1995. Right: From the Everyday cycle, Before the storm, Kundysh, 1994.



Russian History Blog

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Great Russian History Blog supported by the Center for History and New Media and the Center for Eurasian Studies at George Mason University.

Christopher Hitchens – On BBC Radio 4 ‘Great Lives’ discussing Leon Trotsky

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Matthew Parris is joined by Christopher Hitchens who nominates Leon Trotsky for great-life status, and the historian Professor Robert Service who argues against him.

11 Wonderfully Violent Soviet Work Safety Posters

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

10 insanely cool Soviet work safety posters.

Video–Declassified: Joseph Stalin

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

From season 6 of History Channel’s Declassified series.

Not the most nuanced view of Stalin. In fact, kind of ham-handed. But here it is.

Reading Mandelstam on Stalin

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

In Russia, the poem is known as the “Epigram Against Stalin,” a title some consider inadequate and belittling. Others say the title resulted from a maneuver by Mandelstam’s friends (among them Boris Pasternak) to make the poem seem nothing more than a kind of pithy, off-the-cuff quip meant to sting or satirize, in the genre that found its highest expression in Martial, the Latin poet of the first century AD.

Described by one critic as the sixteen lines of a death sentence, this is perhaps the twentieth century’s most important political poem, written by one of its greatest poets against the man who may well be said to have been the cruelest of its tyrants.

The Russian Revolution in Color

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Two hour documentary. Kind of cool to see it in color.

PBS American Experience: The Great Famine

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

The little-known story of the American effort to relieve starvation in the new Soviet Russia in 1921, The Great Famine is a documentary about the worst natural disaster in Europe since the Black Plague in the Middle Ages. Five million Soviet citizens died. Half a world away, Americans responded with a massive two-year relief campaign, championed by Herbert Hoover, director of the American Relief Administration.