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Zhenia Plotnikova

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  1. Good evening, As a former student of Mr Jones, I would like to join rto the concerns expressed and post what I have already posted on the Student Education Forum, as another testimony of my profound respect to Mr Jones. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have stopped reading all the posts on the Student Education Forum when I have seen the following: ""History is possibly the subject where the teacher matters the least of all. Want to get a good mark? Buy the books, read the
  2. Just wanted to say a BIG thank you to everyone who has replied! I got a lot of helpful and fascinating information, and I feel a lot more confident with the research question... Thanks for your help! Zhenia P.S. Of course, if anyone has some more information to add, I will be only happy
  3. Thanks a lot for all the replies! It is very useful to see teachers' and experts' perspectives on this issue... I think I have got some follow up questions... What John said made me think about my recent essay on Stalinism and phenomenon of nostalgia in modern Russia. This phenomenon is something that is quite recent (as far as I noticed it myself, so it is arbitrary to say so), and little is thus mentioned in the textbooks. However, when trying to explain why some today are nostalgic about the Stalin's Russia I felt like sometimes I was defending a dictator in attempt to explain. An
  4. Hello to everyone! I have a question on education during Brezhnev's era. I have recently tried to make some research on the topic on the Internet, but it appears quite hard to find any precise information. Does anyone know of any web site offering a detailed description or could anyone tell what were the general trends in education at the time? Was the 'traditional' trend of Stalinist era or something innovative prevailing? Was indoctrination as wide-spread and extensive as it was say in 1930s? Thanks in advance for your help! Zhenia
  5. Hello to everyone, I am a student at International school of Toulouse, and I have also studied in Russia and the United States. Being a native Russian, I am naturally very interested in Russian history and especially Stalin's Russia which I have been researching recently. (If anyone would be interested I have recently conducted interviews in Russia focusing on WWII and nostalgia phenomenon) My experience and expertise does not match that of the panel already formed, but if I can be of any help I would be most pleased to do so. Any questions about Russian resources that need translation are a
  6. Hello to everyone! I am an IB student and I am currently writing a work assessing objectivity, reliability and usefulness of school textbooks. The idea came after reading a Russian history textbook published in 1975, which had a very curios section entitled "Drastic changes in the international environment after the end of the Second World War". The style and the interpretations included there were very interesting to me. So, my question is: do you think objectivity is at all attainable in school textbooks (in all states, whether democratic or totalitarian)? Whether yes or not, does it alte
  7. You are welcome Mr MacGregor-Thunell I am not quite sure, would you like to know who gave and why gave "the black hundred" its name in XX century? If this is the question, I am afraid the resources are limited. I've translated most of what I found already. What I can do though is ask my friend who is studying at a Russian university at linguistics faculty and he'll ask his professors. If that will be OK for you, I'll gladly do that! Only that all the professors will be back in September, so if you do not mind to wait a little for the answer...
  8. Hello, I am sorry for trying to fit into the discussion between the experts, but I thought I could help. Being a Russian native and having studied Russian history in a Russian school for quite a while I remembered the word and did some research on Russian websites. One of the sources said approximately the following: The name ‘black hundred” formed as a result of quite common in Russian language functional transfer of the name from one phenomenon to another. In the Old Russian “black hundred” used to mean the most democratic, unprivileged social group of taxed city population (which used
  9. Thanks a lot for the replies! John, big thank you for the political background, it is very helpful, I easily get confused in this area... And of course, I have got some follow-up questions, especially after doing all my interviews... First of all, just a little note as follow up to one post... Mr George, although all the answers I received so far were indeed from 'Westerners', they were extremely useful! I have recently interviewed some Russians as well, notably a 82 years old lady whose account was also very useful. I suppose, it is very interesting and exciting to get all kinds of dif
  10. Thank you for all the replies! I think I got few follow-up questions. All the advantages pointed out (skipping of course the disadvantages) seem to be related to social welfare (except women' rights): education, healthcare, etc... Do you think that these advantages came to existence because the elite tried to create some allusion of following Marxism and the principles of common good or to create healthy workforce? Or those were indeed the results of collective actions of people that had aspirations to improve their lives? As Mr Wilkinson pointed out Mr Simkin also mentioned Luxemburg
  11. Hello to everyone! I am a an IB student and I would like to ask a question about the Soviet Union, but as this question may seem a bit unusual, I will tell how I came up with it. I have recently had an argument with one person about the Soviet Union (being a Russian native, it is something I feel strongly about), and this person has argued that we cannot consider the advantages of this period simply because they have overpowered the great deal of its disadvantages leading to the failure of the regime. I have argued, however, that to be able to evaluate the period you have to consider all the
  12. Ibrahim: Exactly! That what I was talking about! Even without religious symbols we are still different and still have something to share. However, I was a bit misinterpreted by Stephen: I did not say, Stephen, that we should produce clones in our chools. I do agree that we should not hide our differences and I do not think that this is what French government was trying to do. However, religious symbols by themselves are not necessarily the best way of teaching differences. For example I am an Orthodox, when most of students in my school are Catholics (or atheists, but that's not to th
  13. Mrs. Schuh-Fricke: I both agree and disagree with this. I think that religion was excluded from French school in order to keep the diversity of nations without allowing it to influence the students. I mean that the tolerance and respect can still be practised by looking at the cultural differences, such as customs and traditions or studying in different ways, etc., but not differences in religion only. I also do not think that French government forbidden the religious expression only because it wants to make all students 'true French'. May be I'm mistaken, but I think that French governme
  14. Hey Stephen! Sorry for the delay in answer, but I could not reply earlier. I agree with you that diversity of nation in a country is good (I myself am a Russian in a French community), but foreigners also have to adjust a bit to country where they live! Why when French journalists go to Muslim countries, they wear a vale? Because they respect the rules and traditions of these countries! So, foreigners that come to France also should respect the rule that religion and public life in France are separated. And this rule works for everybody, for French people too, so there should not be a talk
  15. I'm so sorry Robbert!l I did not realise it was with a double b! I'm still on bad terms with the foreign names!!! (ashamed) And about doubting: yeah, everything is good to a certain extent....
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