CULTURAL AWARNESS OF RUSSIA
BY SSG MICHAEL MOSLEY
SGL. SSG THATCHER, DOMANIC
SGL. SSG DELONG, JAMES
ALC CLASS # 006-15
Russia has experienced major changes in lifestyle since the Soviet Union fell in the early 1990’s. The country has still managed maintained over 190 ethnic groups and has a population of 142,423,773. (NETWORK.COM, 2015). Russian families are more than just mom, dad, sister and brothers. It extends to aunts, uncles and even grandparents. When it comes to food, the Russian cuisine is known worldwide. (Mary.Dejevsky, 2006) The sometimes-harsh cold conditions of Russia makes their diets consist of a lot of fish, milled grains, poultry and beef. (www.livescience.com, 2015) The history of Russian literature goes back to around the 11th century. (www.kwintessential.co.uk, 2015 ) The significance of Old Rus¬sian literature is that you will come to understand just how far this country has evolved and understand why Russia’s civic spirt and pride for the homeland really is. (NETWORK.COM, 2015)Russia is the world’s largest country covering almost 7 million square miles. In this paper, I will show you Russia and its past, present and its future.
Russian families are large in number and include more than just your typical parents and children. In the average Russian home you will have mothers, fathers, sister, brothers and even
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Mankind has always aspired to be the largest, biggest, strongest, highest, essentially the best in everything. This is not untrue for the Russians who have had the largest country in the world for quite some time now. Russia covers one-sixth of the entire world’s land mass and has had a significant part in modern history. However, in order to understand why a country has become what it is now, one must look at its culture. A country’s culture not only reflects its citizens now but also its history and future.
Russia has many cultural characteristics that have shaped the country we know today. A nation 's culture can define its actions and make them more predictable as a state on the international level. Understanding a nation’s culture gives great insight into the motives and reasoning behind their aggression or acts of force. Factors such as geography, weather, political landscape, military, and key infrastructure provide a clear understanding of Russian culture and how it has shaped the nation over the past century.
Russia, as a country, has had a long and proud history. However, for a small time starting in 1917, things started to take a turn for the worse. There was widespread famine, disease, and killing by the instituted government. There was also no Russia. Instead, there was the glorious United Soviet Socialist Republics, or the USSR. This new country did not come around peacefully, but instead under the 1917 Russian Revolution and the revolting communist Bolsheviks. The Russian people were not in a better condition after the Russian revolution due to Stalin’s leadership of his country; the reason being the GULAGs that Stalin was sending his people to, the communes that the peasants were sent to, and the disastrous effects of his five year plans.
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Russian Federation has a long and interesting history. Many different events the structure and development of the country. Nowadays, Russia plays one of the most important roles in our world. Russia is located at the intersection of different cultures and contains multinational population and ethno-cultural diversity. Russia is an interesting country to discuss its issues of ethnicity and religion, try to predict the future development and economics of the country. How different country’s issues such as class distinction, equity and equality, race, religion, nationalism and other political variables are solved or considered by the state at least. The main goal of this work is to show weaknesses and struggles which Russia faces on the road
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Christopher Read, the author of the book From Tsar to Soviets: The Russian People and Their Revolution, 1917-21, is a professor at the University of Warwick in Europe. Read teaches twentieth-century European history. He specializes in the social history of the Russian Revolution and the intellectual history of the Russian intelligentsia between 1900 and 1995. This book is about the Russian Revolution, which is a pair of Revolutions put together. This is known as a broad topic today. From Tsar to Soviets brought up new information on relativities on participating and living through such events and it talks about the way men and women had to live their lives in the villages and towns in Russia. Read talks about many of the hardships and how they had to overcame these hardships through-out this revolution. It was seen as peasants against landlords, nationalists against Great Russians and workers against capitalists. One of Read’s goals was to put more emphasis on social history in this book.
With the arrival of the second half of the 20th century, came the death of Stalin and a new age for not only Russia but the entirety of the Eastern Block as well. Russia, as always, stood in the face of adversity and, instead of crumbling, began to develop and progress in leaps and bounds. In the span of a mere 50 or so years Russia went from one political, social, and economic standing, (Stalinism) to its exact obverse. Despite the obvious changes a switch like this requires there are still some fundamental and intrinsically Russian sentiments and characteristics that were maintained throughout the change.
Russia/ Soviet Union experienced considerable political, social and industrial changes between 1801 and 1939. Russia was a backwards nation during 19th century and into the early 20th century. By the 1800’s Russia were behind technologically, having yet to experience an industrial revolution. They were also behind socially with serfdom still being the used for farming and labor. Thus, because of these obsolete practices Russia underwent many changes that were initiated by the people and the Tsars such as shifts in the government and the end of serfdom. Nonetheless certain aspects still persisted in Russia’s reliance on its agriculture.
We can certainly view modern-day Russia as a world power which has superficially characterized itself as a nation operating more ethically than they were in past years. However, it seems that there are social norms and historically immoral behavior that the Russian government continues to impose upon the population. Over a ten-year span while Stalin was in power, approximately 5,600 people were convicted of bribery (Heinzen, 2007). During that time, there was an emphasis placed on punishing the judiciary members and law enforcement who were corrupting the systems of Russia. Looking back at this period it becomes more clear that the newfound morality among leaders of the country were nothing more than a method of deflection.
When we hear the term Russian culture many Americans tend to have negative thoughts like the cold war, their government ruling with an iron hand, and the Red Scare. These thoughts do not do the justice to the Russian people or to their long history as a people dating back to INSERT DATE. One of the major themes throughout Russian history and this course is the idea that the Russian people value intangible things more than the tangible. The Russian people have a long rich heritage, they are deep in there Christian faith, and they pride themselves on hospitality and value there community, families, and fellow Russian people. They have learned how to sacrifice from the constant invasions and being forced farther and
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