I will begin by re-sharing a cartoon. I first posted it here last October, but with the bitterly cold weather we’re having, now it is more relevant than ever. The scene is a discovery that will be made 200-300 years from now, at the Suwannee Glacier:
This morning I woke up to find the outside temperature below zero again; it’s the fourth time this month. Because of that, I hereby declare January 2014 the coldest month Leive and I have experienced, since moving to Kentucky more than seven years ago. In July 2012 we had an extreme example of how high temperatures can get; now we’ve seen how low they can go.
So while taking refuge from the cold and the snow indoors, today I completed a major rewrite of “Soviet Russia,” Chapter 4 of my Russian history series. When I first composed those papers, back around 1989, the Soviet paper broke off at 1985, and I had another paper cover Mikhail Gorbachev’s administration. Of course, I couldn’t have known at the time that the Soviet Union had only two years left to go. When I rewrote the papers in 2000, I just added the events of the 1990s to the last paper. Now I have merged the first half of Chapter 5 with Chapter 4, so I really have the whole story of the USSR in one chapter. Now Chapter 4 will go from 1917 to 1991, and Chapter 5 will just cover Commonwealth Russia in the 1990s, until I can write something about Vladimir Putin and Mr. Medvedev. Also, I divided Chapter 4 into three sections, covering the early years of communism, the World War II years, and the Cold War years. Finally, I added new pictures and maps. Here are the links and a list of the subheadings. I hope you like the changes.
Chapter 4: Soviet Russia
1917 to 1991
The February Revolution and the Provisional Government
The Bolsheviks Take Over
The Russian Civil War
The Russo-Polish War and the Comintern
The New Economic Policy
The Struggle to Succeed Lenin
The Nightmare of Stalinism Begins
Prelude to World War II
"The Great Patriotic War"
Stalingrad: The Turning Point
The Battle Of Kursk
Crushing the Third Reich
The Cold War Begins
Recompression at Home
The Khrushchev Years
Brezhnev Takes Charge
Foreign Policy: The Brezhnev Doctrine & Détente
The Union of Fewer and Fewer Republics