The 1930s was a life changing time for everyone. It began when Stalin created the “Stalin Constitution of 1936”, which guaranteed the civil rights and equality among everyone in the USSR. (Freeze) Not only did the lives of men and women change, but the lives of the young children. The children during the 1930s were known as the first Soviet generation. (SovietHistory.MSU) They experienced life under the socialist system which allowed them to have an eventful and knowledgeable childhood.
The government gave civil rights and equality among genders because they believed that women would help improve the economy. As the industrialization period became important to improve the economy, they realized that it guaranteed survival of the nation and the cause of socialism that it represented. (Freeze) For an economy to grow and thrive in the future, the government knew it could not only rely on the men and women workers, they must also educate the young children who would be the future of the country. This generation of children were the most educated the Russians had ever had, the most literate, and perhaps the militant (SovietHistory.MSU) A common game taught to young kids was a war game, Zarnista. This game stimulated military operations, which taught them how to navigate to certain locations, work in teams, and follow their commanders orders. (Russian Beyond) One of the many things kids were taught during their time in school.
Stalin was believed to have a major influence to this generation, giving children the opportunity to a better education and recreational opportunities. Which led to the slogan “Thanks to Comrade Stalin for our happy childhood “ (SovietHistory.MSU) All this gave an unquestioning loyalty to the party, state, and leader. This generation did everything the government asked, without hesitation because they believed their country cared and supported them. Children were the future of the country. The government invested in the children’s lives so that they could have the best and loyal generation for the future.
“Childhood under Stalin.” Seventeen Moments in Soviet History, 18 June 2017, soviethistory.msu.edu/1936-2/childhood-under-stalin/.Beyond, Russia.
Freeze, Gregory, 3rd ed. Russia: a history. OUP Oxford, 2002.
“This Is How ‘Happy Soviet Childhood’ Looked like (PHOTOS).” Russia Beyond, 7 Oct. 2019, www.rbth.com/history/331096-happy-soviet-childhood.