The Baltic Independence Movement

Prior to 1991, the Baltic States had long suffered from precarious sovereignty. In the early years of the 20th century, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania had gained recognition as independent nation states by the Soviet Union, only to lose it in 1939 after the signing of the Molotov Ribbentropp Pact. Over the course of World War … Continue reading The Baltic Independence Movement

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Come Fly With Us

The 1960's was an era of precarious relations between the United States and the Soviet Union. The decade started out with proxy clashes by the two superpowers, followed by near nuclear war, and various other close calls. However, this turbulent period of hostility started to change and move towards a detente between the two sworn … Continue reading Come Fly With Us

Maksimizing our Potential: Maksim Gorky and the Great Retreat

The 1930s in the USSR was a period of great change on the cultural front, a period in which revolutionary values were replaced with Stalinist ideology and policies. A crucial part of this "Great Retreat", as it is now called, was the re-unification of literature with Party values; thus making a move away from the … Continue reading Maksimizing our Potential: Maksim Gorky and the Great Retreat