Another summer merit badge.
|A travelling companion and I in Red Square |
in 1986, under the watchful eye of Comrade V.I. Lenin
Younger Daughter requested that we resume our study of communism for the summer. Failed economic/political systems – what fun!
Communist History Merit Badge
1. Describe the difference (theoretically) between these systems: socialism, communism, capitalism, libertarianism, and a mixed economic system.
2. Read a biography of Stalin, either in a book or online. Explain how Stalin came to power.
3. Pick 5 of the following events in Soviet history. Define or describe what happened and the consequences of the event. Include dates.
a. Collectivization of agriculture under Stalin
b. Non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany
c. The Battle of Stalingrad
d. Khrushchev’s Thaw
e. Cuban Missile Crisis
f. Leonid Brezhnev and gerontocracy
g. Soviet intervention in Afghanistan
i. Gorbachev’s Glasnost and perestroika
j. Dissolution of the USSR
4. List the benefits and disadvantages of the Soviet economic system.
(that's supposed to be a hammer and sickle)
If you had to add one requirement, what would you add?
It was very hard for me to reduce this topic to even this size. When I showed this to YD, she said, “Can I do more than just this?” Of course, that was before summer vacation actually started.
|For instance, I did not include even one question about this guy,|
when clearly he was venerated by many, at least in public.
Last night Older Daughter asked YD why she is so keen to study the history of communism. YD said, “Because it seems like such a wonderful concept, gone horribly wrong, and I like that.” Which part do you like? “All of it – the beginning concept, and the part where it goes horribly wrong.” To me, it just seems tragically sad. But then, so is a lot of other history.
|Inspirational posters in Armenia SSR|
In red: "We will fulfill XXVII Party Congress Decisions"
In blue: "Towards a new quality of labor and life"
|Inspirational setting for inspirational posters|