The Russian Union Of The Soviet Union Essay

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Russians are known for being a proud group of people. They are very sure and set in their ways. They are very proud of their beliefs. The United States are a similarly proud people with beliefs that are set in stone. The problem is that these two super powers had opposite ways of thinking throughout most of their history in the 20th century. The United States boasted about its capitalism while spouting hateful slurs at the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union boasted about its socialism while spouting hateful slurs at the United States. Even after The Soviet Union collapsed this “us vs them” mentality was strong throughout Russia. When one’s identity is taken away it is much easier to decide what they are not rather than what they are. This is what Russia did following the collapse. Russians were not western. Russians drank Pepsi, not Coke. Russians were going to be fine. This was what they knew and what Pelevin and many others tell us through their representations of Russia.
The opening lines of the Victor Pelevin’s novel Homo Zapiens are “Once upon a time in Russia there really was a carefree, youthful generation that smiled in joy at the summer, the sea and the sun, and chose Pepsi.” 1 The Russian name of this book is called Generation P so it makes sense that the first line in the novel shows the love of Russians and Pepsi. The relationship of the soft drink and the Russian people is a strange one. Russians were not Western. They were Russian. Americans chose Coco-Cola.…

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