Behind the Curtain

Jake Tully Russian History Blog

The Last Days of the Warsaw Pact

Source: http://soviethistory.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/photo-gallery/336788140.jpg Above is a photograph from the meeting that officially dissolved the Warsaw Pact, an alliance between Eastern European states that existed for almost forty years and played an … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · 4 Comments

Consumer Choice in a Planned Economy

Goods For The People Above is an article from Pravda that addresses the inability of the USSR’s planned economy to meet consumer needs when it came to luxuries such as … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

Stalin’s Reaction to “the Iron Curtain”

image: http://cdn.zmescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/iron_curtain.jpg Stalin on Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech Linked above is an interview in the USSR’s state newspaper, Pravda, in which Stalin discusses Winston Churchill’s now famous “Iron Curtain” speech. This primary … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · 5 Comments

Stalin’s Reflection On The First Of The Five Years

This is Stalin’s reflection on what he called “A Year of Great Change,” the first year of the Five Year Plan. The Five Year Plan is referred to as the Great … Continue reading

February 29, 2016 · 7 Comments

Rules for Being Bolshevik

Party Membership Rules Pictured above is the 9th Congress of the Bolshevik party. The link above contains the rules to being a party member that were promulgated a year before … Continue reading

February 15, 2016 · 14 Comments

Lenin’s Relationship with Democracy

When Marx’s new brand of historiography emerged in the mid-nineteenth century, the idea was novel. Using the Hegelian dialectic (the idea that competing forces synthesize to affect to passage of … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · 7 Comments

Early Industrialization in Russia

Above is a photograph of a factory in Russia’s city of Kamensk-Uralsky. The picture was taken in 1910. The Kamensk-Uralsky factory is one of many such buildings that bore the … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · 7 Comments