The Socialist Sixties

The Socialist Sixties : Crossing Borders in the Second World

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The 1960s have reemerged in scholarly and popular culture as a protean moment of cultural revolution and social transformation. In this volume socialist societies in the Second World (the Soviet Union, East European countries, and Cuba) are the springboard for exploring global interconnections and cultural cross-pollination between communist and capitalist countries and within the communist world. Themes explored include flows of people and media; the emergence of a flourishing youth culture; sharing of songs, films, and personal experiences through tourism and international festivals; and the rise of a socialist consumer culture and an esthetics of modernity. Challenging traditional categories of analysis and periodization, this book brings the sixties problematic to Soviet studies while introducing the socialist experience into scholarly conversations traditionally dominated by First World perspectives.
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  • Hardback | 348 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 635.03g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 12 b&w illus.
  • 0253009294
  • 9780253009296

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These essays greatly expand our comprehension of the socialist sixties in global perspective and serve as a springboard for further inquiry. The editors and contributors deserve much praise for helping revise our understanding of the socialist world in the decade and a half after Stalin's death, while also placing the socialist experience within a worldwide context. * The Russian Review * The Socialist Sixties is highly recommended for students and scholars interested in the vibrancy of post-WWII socialist societies, a broader understanding of 1960s cultural change, and a transnational, cross-disciplinary historical approach in action. * Anthropology of East Europe Review * [T]his is a very engaging collection of essays that adds much to an evolving literature on the social history of the Soviet Union and broader socialist societies. . . . Recommended. * Choice * [I]n presenting thoughtful and imaginative work by both established and emerging scholars, this volume demonstrates the value of transnational and global history for opening up new questions and perspectives. * Slavic Review *
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About Anne E. Gorsuch

Anne E. Gorsuch is Professor of History at the University of British Columbia and author of Youth in Revolutionary Russia: Enthusiasts, Bohemians, Delinquents (IUP, 2000) and All This Is Your World: Soviet Tourism at Home and Abroad after Stalin. Diane P. Koenker is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of Republic of Labor: Russian Printers and Soviet Socialism, 1918-1930 and coeditor (with Anne E. Gorsuch) of Turizm: The Russian and East European Tourist under Capitalism and Socialism.
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Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Socialist 1960s in Global Perspective Anne E. Gorsuch and Diane P. KoenkerSocialist Modern1. This is Tomorrow! Becoming a Consumer in the Soviet Sixties Susan E. Reid2. Modernity Unbound: The New Soviet City of the Sixties Lewis H. Siegelbaum3. Sputnik Premiers in Havana: An Historical Ethnography of the 1960 Soviet Exhibition Joao Filipe GoncalvesContact Zones 4. The Thaw Goes International: Soviet Literature in Translation and Transit in the 1960s Polly Jones5. Guitar Poetry, Democratic Socialism, and the Limits of 1960s Internationalism Rossen Djagalov6. Songs from the Wood, Love from the Fields: The Soviet Tourist Song Movement Christian Noack7. Look Left, Drive Right: Internationalisms at the 1968 World Youth Festival Nicholas Rutter8. A Test of Friendship: Soviet-Czechoslovak Tourism and the Prague Spring Rachel ApplebaumPopular Culture and Media9. Postmemory, Counter-memory: Soviet Cinema of the 1960s Lilya Kaganovsky10. The Politics of Privatization: Television Entertainment and the Yugoslav Sixties Sabina Mihelj11. Playing Catch-Up: Soviet Media and Soccer Hooliganism, 1965-1975 Robert Edelman12. Listening to Los Beatles: Being Young in 1960s Cuba Anne Luke13. In Search of an Ending: Seventeen Moments and the Seventies Stephen LovellContributorsIndex
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