Russian Word of the Day:Долой-down with
November 12, 2012
This week’s words come from old плакаты, plakaty, which are kind of like propaganda posters. I love these. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing/interesting they are a great time capsule of a moments and ideals in Russian/Soviet history. And now for the word of the day:
The first poster was made in 1931, a time when the Soviets were striving for equality of the sexes. This, they believed, meant freeing women from the bonds homemaking and sending them to the workplace to work alongside their male comrades.
Another campaign that was launched shortly after the revolution was the attempt to eradicate some of what the Bolsheviks considered the backwards ways of the peasants, including illiteracy, alcoholism and domestic violence.
Great efforts were made to educate the population after the revolution. You can read more about it in this post.