Advanced Socialism

The first interesting dynamic of soviet culture during the 1970’s was the level of alcohol consumption amongst the citizens. On page 659 of the Russia Reader there is an an anecdote to depict daily life for the soviets during the 70’s that points out how much the soviets drank. The alcoholism was a “staple of Soviet life” (Russia Reader).

Also from Communal Living in Russia, there is a photo of the electricity installed in one of the houses. While it looks old, it is a part of the dynamic to Soviet life making the world a smaller place by having electricity for every house so they can communicate and operate modern appliances. The link to the photo is below.

From Seventeen Moments (1973) there is an article which talks about how pop was a new creative style of music that was a fresh change from the “bland” stage performance music that all sounded the same. The link to the article is below. The word “bland” was used in the article to describe the stage performance music in the article as well. The new style of music also was a dynamic in the music that Soviets were exposed to during the advancement of socialism in the 1970’s.

  • Barker, Adele Marie, and Bruce Grant. 2010. The russia reader: History, culture, politics. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.


  1. aaronsr1 · November 16, 2015

    I found the movement in music particularly interesting. The rock’n’roll movement as well as the new “rebel” like behavior mirrored America in many ways. However, Soviets saw their movement as much more mild, lacking the abundance of drugs and sex. How did the Soviets manage to stay out of such scandalous activities while the Americans could not?


  2. A. Nelson · November 17, 2015

    Some interesting ideas here. Can you tell us more about the connection between alcoholism, electricity and rock music?


    • tlamm418 · November 21, 2015

      These are all part of the “night life” that was introduced to Russian culture. All these things combined are all a part of the “Westernization” of the culture and how so many people took a liking to it.


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