History 320: The Soviet Union
Dr. Matthew Payne
Introduction Class Notes to Soviet Union- Brief Overview
The Soviet Union had its roots in the Russian Revolution of 1917, which
deposed Nicholas II, ending three hundred years of Romanov dynasti
Religion in the Soviet Union Notes
A.L. Eliseev writes that a meeting of the antireligious commission of the Central
Committee of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) took place on 23 May 1929
under the Chairmanship of E. laroslav
Hist 320 Notes
The Soviet Union became the first country to adopt a planned economy, whereby
production and distribution of goods were centralized and directed by the government.
The first Bolshevik experience with a command econom
The economy was formally directed by central planning, carried out by Gosplan and
organized in five-year plans.
In practice, however, the plans were highly aggregated and provisional, subject
to ad hoc intervention by
Political Divisions within the Soviet Union
Constitutionally, the Soviet Union was a union of Soviet Socialist Republics (SSRs) and
the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR), although the rule of the
Congress of Peoples Deputies Book Notes
The month-long nomination of candidates for the Congress of People's Deputies of the
USSR lasted until January 24, 1989. For the next month, selection among the 7,531
districts nominees took pl
Dissolution of Soviet Union
At the 2830 January 1987 Central Committee Plenum Mikhail Gorbachev suggested a
new policy of 'democratization' throughout Soviet society.
Specifically he suggested that future Communist Party elections shoul
Cold War Notes
During the immediate postwar period, the Soviet Union rebuilt and expanded its
economy, while maintaining its strictly centralized control.
It aided post-war reconstruction in the countries of Eastern Europe, while turnin
The early 1930s saw closer cooperation between the West and the USSR. From 1932 to
1934, the Soviet Union participated in the World Disarmament Conference. In 1933,
diplomatic relations between the United States and the USSR
From its creation, the government in the Soviet Union was based on the one-party rule of
the Communist Party (Bolsheviks).
After the economic policy of "War Communism" during the Russian Civil War, as a
Foundation of Soviet Union Notes (February)
Modern revolutionary activity in the Russian Empire began with the Decembrist
Revolt of 1825.
Although serfdom was abolished in 1861, it was done on terms
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