Soviet Poropaganda

The soviet communist party, or the Bolsheviks, always new that strong propaganda was essential to increase the consciousness of the masses. As stated in the Encyclopedia of Propaganda, ” propaganda was central to Marxist-Leninist ideology long before the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. “(675) The power of persuasion and coercion were exercised with great force by … Read more

Nikita Khrushchev policies of de-Stalinization

Although many of his ideas did not bring the expected results, Nikita Khrushchev policies of de-Stalinization were politically wise. He went against many of Stalins tyrannical policies and gave the people a much greater sense of freedom. In the process known as de-Stalinization, legal procedures were restored, some greater degree of meaningful public controversy was … Read more

Consolidation of Democracy in Post-Soviet Russia

The fall of the Communist regime in the Soviet Union was more than a political event. The powerful interaction and fusion between politics and economics that characterized the state socialist system created a situation that was unique for the successor states of the Soviet Union. The penetration of the Communist regime into every facet of … Read more

Rise Of The Superpowers

It is often wondered how the superpowers achieved their position of dominance. It seems that the maturing of the two superpowers, Russia and the United States, can be traced to World War II. To be a superpower, a nation needs to have a strong economy, an overpowering military, immense international political power and, related to … Read more

Early Cold War

There were several major sources that created discord between the Bolsheviks and western states in Europe from 1917 to 1921. Conflicting ideologies that each attacked the very fabric of the others respective society led to the notion that capitalism and communism could not coexist. The attempts of both actors to hold control of their own … Read more

The purges in the Red Army

Joseph Stalin was maybe the biggest mass murderers of the twentieth century. From the purges in the Red Army to forced relocations, Stalin had the blood of millions on his hands. This essay is not going to debate the fact that this was indeed a brutal and power hungry individual, because he was indeed just … Read more

Communism in the Soviet Union and Why it Failed

Communism is defined as “a system of political and economic organization in which property is owned by the community and all citizens share in the enjoyment of the common wealth, more or less according to their need. ” In 1917 the rise of power in the Marxist-inspired Bolsheviks in Russia along with the consolidation of … Read more

Soviet Downfall Essay

This essay concentrates on two representatives of the dissident movement in the Soviet Union in the 1960s and in the 1970s–Andrei Sakharov and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The essay introduces the history of the dissident movement in the Russian Empire under the Tsars and in the Soviet Union under various leaders, mainly under Nikita Khruschev, Leonid Brezhnev … Read more