Monthly Archives: June 2014

Rapid or moderate pace of industrialization in the Soviet Union – what was at stake? (A brief overview)

This is a modified excerpt from a recent discussion I’ve had concerning the nature and role of the industrialization process in the early years of the Soviet Union. True, industrialization did start under the Tsarist rule, but rapid industrialization, the … Continue reading

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On the scientific method – An excerpt from “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos:_A_Spacetime_Odyssey S01E05: “Hiding in the Light” 00:13:35,725 DEGRASSE TYSON: Ibn al-Hazen was the first person ever to set down the rules of science. He created an error-correcting mechanism, a systematic and relentless way to sift out misconceptions in our thinking. … Continue reading

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Regarding the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings – Excerpts from “The Soviet-German War” by David Glantz

Relative Contributions to Victory: On the 50th anniversary of the Normandy invasion of 1944, a U.S. news magazine featured a cover photo of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was labeled as the man who defeated Hitler. If any one man … Continue reading

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The Collapse of the Soviet Union Reconsidered by Roger Keeran and Thomas Kenny (May 10, 2014)

http://mltoday.com/the-collapse-of-the-soviet-union-reconsidered We argued that the Soviet Union did not collapse because socialism failed. Rather, the system of socialism based on collective or state ownership of property and state planning proved a remarkable success, particularly from the point of view of … Continue reading

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Excerpts from “Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union” by Roger Keeran & Thomas Kenny, part 2

I just ran into some older screenshots (forgot all about them ’cause I read the first half of the book and only after a few months continued with the second half) which still seem extremely relevant. Of course, I strongly … Continue reading

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The Unknown War [1978]

Copy-paste from Wikipedia: The Unknown War (Russian: “Великая Отечественная Война” (The Great Patriotic War) or “Неизвестная война” (The Unknown War) is an American documentary television series. The 20-part series documents the World War II conflict between Nazi Germany and the … Continue reading

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Excerpts from “Stalin – Man of Contradiction” by Kenneth Neill Cameron

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