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Let's Go! Support Perestroika!

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Mikhail Gorbachev began a parallel program of reform for the Soviet Union: perestroika (reconstruction) and glasnost' (openness). His intention, however, was for a state-directed movement that would keep the Communist Party in firm control. In this poster from 1989, it is clear that the people of the Soviet Union had adopted the cause of reform for themselves. The slogan at the bottom of the... Read More »

Long Teaching Module: Solidarity Comes to Power in Poland, 1989

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In retrospect, it seems predictable that the first opposition group in the Soviet bloc to succeed in unseating a communist regime would be Poland’s Solidarity movement. Discontent with economic hardships and the suppression of civil liberties had long been evident in Poland, erupting in workplace unrest and mass protests more frequently than anywhere else in Eastern Europe: 1956, 1968, 1970,... Read More »

Thumbnail image of Karl Marx

Marxists Internet Archive

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Because the Archive offers such a wide-ranging set of sources from the Marxist tradition, students can be encouraged to explore cross-cultural comparisons.

Meeting Poster for Solidarity Rally

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This electoral poster invites readers to attend a meeting on May 1, 1989 to discuss the upcoming election. A tentative translation of the poster is: "Solidarity's Struggle. We invite you to a public meeting on the free balloting at Constitution Place on May 1 at 9:00 am." This sort of poster is an interesting artifact of the campaign for the first free election in Poland since the interwar... Read More »

People of various ages standing in front of a portrait of Mao

Morning Sun

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This companion site provides a wonderful introduction to 'the psycho-emotional topography of high-Maoist China.'
Thumbnail of boy posing with bicycle on a city street

New York Public Library Digital Collections

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The NYPL Digital Collection provides access to over 755,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities, including illuminated manuscripts, vintage posters, illustrated books, and printed ephemera.

Perestroika and the changing Soviet workforce

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One of Mikhail Gorbachev's most famous reform movements was perestroika (reconstruction), an attempt to rebuild the Soviet economy, which had been stagnating for more than a decade. A large part of perestroika emphasized developing individual responsibility among the Soviet workforce, in order to inspire greater productivity. With a guarantee of universal employment, there had been no... Read More »

Polish Voting Rights

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This campaign poster for the Polish Solidarity movement shows Polish voters what was at stake in the upcoming elections in June 1989. Under the terms of the arrangement negotiated with the Communist party, 35% of the seats in the Lower House of the parliament (Sejm) were to be freely contested. However, voters could also vote "no" on candidates for the other seats and if a candidate received a... Read More »

Poster on Gorbachev’s Economic and Political Reforms

Poster on Gorbachev’s Economic and Political Reforms

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These key slogans for Gorbachev’s economic and political reforms, much like Khrushchev’s earlier reforms, are presented in this poster as a return to the true spirit of the October 1917 revolution. Gorbachev’s reforms went much further than Khrushchev’s, including the limited introduction of a market economy and some private property, reductions in official censorship, and the introduction of... Read More »

Propaganda Poster, 1963

Propaganda Poster, 1963

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Khrushchev denounced Stalin and attempted to tie his own policies to the first Soviet leader, Vladimir Lenin.

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