Odessa ca.1918 or 1919 during the Russian Civil War and the French military intervention in the Black Sea.
- Old School Nouveau.
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You could probably replace Stalin with any American president or British prime minister and this would still apply…..
I guess the creator of this skipped history classes.
Must’ve not heard about World War II or the Cold War.
Must’ve not crawled out from the rock they were spawned underneath until 1993.
Just going to say, I was never taught about Stalin..
Damn, what school do you come from?
I was at an Elementary school in America until I was 10 then we moved to Enland. History taught in England is pretty shit and varies from school to school. From what I can remember, we did D-Day, English civil war, castles, the religious conflicts in Northern Ireland, history of medicine, and Nazi and Weimar Germany.
Oh yeah, and I think we grazed on the suffrages and the civil rights movement too, but not in any great detail.
Professor Ilchenko of the Moscow Conservatoire plays the violin for Russian troops posted to the southern front
In a photograph by one of the most famous Soviet war reporters (Anatoly Garanin), an infantry division listens to music after a day of fighting.
"Today’s gap between North and South—the rich developed societies and the rest of the world—was largely created by the global conquest.
Scholarship and science are beginning to recognize a record that had been concealed by imperial arrogance. They are discovering that at the time of the arrival of the Europeans, and long before, the Western hemisphere was home to some of the world’s most advanced civilizations. In the poorest country of South America, archaeologists are coming to believe that eastern Bolivia was the site of a wealthy, sophisticated, and complex society of perhaps a million people. In their words, it was the site of “one of the largest, strangest, and most ecologically rich artificial environments on the face of the planet, with causeways and canals, spacious and formal towns and considerable wealth,” creating a landscape that was “one of humankind’s greatest works of art, a masterpiece.” In the Peruvian Andes, by 1491 the Inka had created the greatest empire in the world, greater in scale than the Chinese, Russian, Ottoman, or other empires, far greater than any European state, and with remarkable artistic, agricultural, and other achievements."
Hopes and Prospects, Noam Chomsky (via socialuprooting)
Grigori Rasputin was a Russian Orthodox Christian and mystic. He was sometimes called the “Mad Monk”. Rasputin highly influenced Tsar Nicholas II, his wife and their son. He is most known for possibly discrediting the Tsarist government which ultimately led to the downfall of the Romanovs. Also known, for me anyways, as the villain in Anastasia, the animated film where he sells his soul to the devil to take the Romanovs down. This didn’t actually happen obviously but Rasputin did have an interesting death.
He was stabbed once and his entrails were even falling out of the wound. He survived only to be poisoned with cyanide 2 years later by Prince Felix Yusupov and two other nobles, Dmitri Pavlovich and Vladimir Purishkevich who lured him into the palace under the false pretenses that Princess Irina would be there. This also didn’t take and it was speculated that he was never actually poisoned in the first place. After realizing the poison wasn’t working, either because it didn’t exist or because Rasputin was some kind of devil man, Prince Yusupov (The man who was trying to kill him because of his influence on the Tsarina) took a revolver and shot him in the back. When Yusupov left the body and the palace without a coat, he came back to grab a coat and went to check on the body. Lo and behold Rasputin opened his eyes and lunged at him. So as this “dead” guy is lunging at Yusupov and trying to strangle him, he’s obviously like “oh shit this dead guy strangling me”. However, Pavlovich and Purishkevich were there to back him up and shot Rasputin another 3 times. Guess what? He still wasn’t dead. So of course they clubbed him into submission which I bet took a while seeing as how nothing seems to get this guy. They finally disposed of the body, submerging him into a partially frozen lake. Best part? HE WAS STILL ALIVE THEN TOO.
Yep. So after being shot four times, poisoned with a very considerable amount of cyanide (which autopsy reports show was indeed ingested) and bludgeoned, he was alive enough to have water in his lungs at the end of it all which means he was underwater trying to breathe.
Does this make him crush-worthy? While he wasn’t the most attractive of men and most of the information above is debatable in the first place since there are only the accounts of Yusupov, Purishkevich, and Pavlovich as evidence, you have to admire his alleged fight.
Emma Goldman (1869 –1940)
Born into the Jewish community of what is now Kaunas, Lithuania (it was part of the Russian Empire back then), Emma Goldman immigrated to the United States when she was sixteen. There, she gained notoriety as a feminist, anarchist, pacifist, and anti-capitalist. She was a supporter of gay rights, almost unheard of for the time period. She ran her own magazine and went on speaking tours in between her multiple stays in jail.
In 1919, she was deported back to her homeland - which had gone through revolution in the interim, and was now the USSR. Emma was initially approving of the new communist government, but soon found herself disillusioned. She married a Scottish anarchist in order to gain British citizenship and find a way back to the west, where she continued to make herself unpopular by speaking out against the growing enmity against Nazi Germany. According to Emma Goldman, Britain, France, and the United States were no better than the Nazis - they were all Fascists in disguise.
But nothing fazed Emma Goldman: “The more opposition I encountered, the more I was in my element.”
Thanks to tramriot for suggesting her as a topic.
Russian Imperial Army. Though one of the largest armies when mobilized, the Russian army was painfully disorganized and ill-equipped to stand up to the well-trained and quickly mechanizing German and Austro-Hungarian opposition on account of poor training, constant transportation problems and equipment shortages. Consisting mainly of illiterate peasantry, the army fought well and bravely to protect their homeland, though not necessarily out of any strong loyalty to the tzar or their leading officers, with whom they grew more unhappy by the minute. An army such as this also required strong leadership that it could respect and trust - which was often lacking if the commanding officers were aristocracy that rose in military ranks by birth rather than any practical knowledge of warfare.