>>2132266>they were just propaganda machines.
Dozens of Western Classics were translated to Russian and other languages within the USSR, Mark Twain being just one of them. He is a good writer and his books are full of humor, which the Russians were really into, in fact USSR was arguably the most reading country in the word. Books translated in the USSR era included quite a diverse collection of authors like Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, Steinbeck, Lewis Carol, Robert Louise Stevenson, Alan Marshall, James Barry, James Cruise, Pamela Travers, Fenimore Cooper (strongly disliked by Mark Twain), Mayne Reid, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexander Dumas, Astrid Lingren, William Saroyan, Jules Verne, Walter Scott, and Jack London, among a multitude of others. That is omitting the authorless legends and books like 1000 and 1 Arabian Nights. That's SO MUCH PROPAGANDA. Or how about, Bulgakov and Sholokhov with their anti-communist books? Sholokhov was awarded the STALIN prize and Bulkgakov's works were defended by Stalin personally.
Achieved Full Literacy; From a starting point of 38% for men and 12% for women they made a wholly literate nation.
School Enrollment raised by 460%; Secondary education was a right, funded by the government as long as cumulative grades remained at least at a ‘B’ average (a '4' in the soviet grading system, on a scale of 1-5).
Subsidized Early Childcare; Fees for pre-school needs did not exceed 2–3% of family income. with 50% of urban and 33% of rural children attending, compared to 10% in the USA over-all.
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[8,9] George. Vic and Manning, Nick, Socialism, Social Welfare and the Soviet Union, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1980.