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International Journal of Political Science and Development

Vol. 2(5), pp. 97 104, May, 2014

DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2014.024

ISSN: 2360-784X


Examining the Policies and Actions of the Soviet Union towards Children


Carolyn E. Barber


2345 Oak Crossing, New Braunfels, TX 78132. Phone: 830.660.3766. E-mail: ceb122@txstate.edu .


Accepted 23 May 2014




From the beginning of the Soviet Union until its eventual downfall, their policy towards children remained consistent, as shown by analysis of primary source documents that deal both directly and indirectly with the topic of children within the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was focused not on the children as individuals deserving of protection in their own right, but instead, the Soviet government repeatedly ignored the needs of the children or even exploited them for its own gain. Additionally, towards the end of the 20th century, the Soviet Union realized that it could not support itself at their current population rate and began to actively encourage birth which resulted in supporting children. These three different courses of action of the Soviet Union towards children culminate in an overarching policy of utilitarianism in that the Soviet Union was more concerned with perpetuating its ideology than with the lives of children that were dependent on the government.

Key Words: Soviet Union, children, propaganda, history, utilitarianism, domestic policy, ideology







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