We Have No Sex Here

With the start of Perestroika and the policy of Glasnost created by Mikhail Gorbachev during the 1980s, many women in the Soviet Union started to feel open about themselves, more exclusively, their bodies. A sexual revolution was on the rise, women were starting to feel more in control of their bodies, and as such, they … Continue reading We Have No Sex Here

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Soviet Leisure Time

Luzhniki Stadium (1957) During the 1950s and 60s, Soviet society saw a huge increase in urbanization. Nearly half of society was considered urban and universally literate. This expansion of higher education and training created a more complex world. Improvements in transportation, communication, and education helped draw people into these more urban areas and urban-based culture … Continue reading Soviet Leisure Time

The Emancipation of Soviet Citizens from Religion

After coming to power in 1917, the Bolsheviks made it their duty to "emancipate Soviet citizens from the scourge (or as Karl Marx put it, the “opiate”) of religion" ("Antireligious Propaganda"). Along with the literacy campaign, the attempt to dismantle religion also played a large role in the cultural front of the 1920s. With the decree … Continue reading The Emancipation of Soviet Citizens from Religion

The Effects of War on Civilians

During World War I in Russia, soldiers and civilians alike, were fighting a battle that they did not understand. Men were being drafted, leaving families at home with little to no help in their survival. Although Russia entered the war with plans for victory, "the multi-lateral conflict soon developed into a protracted war of attrition exacting … Continue reading The Effects of War on Civilians