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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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Socialist 1960s in Global Perspective Anne E. Gorsuch and Diane P. Koenker

Socialist Modern

1. This is Tomorrow! Becoming a Consumer in the Soviet Sixties Susan E. Reid

2. Modernity Unbound: The New Soviet City of the Sixties Lewis H. Siegelbaum

3. Sputnik Premiers in Havana: An Historical Ethnography of the 1960 Soviet Exhibition João Filipe Gonçalves

Contact Zones

4. The Thaw Goes International: Soviet Literature in Translation and Transit in the 1960s Polly Jones

5. Guitar Poetry, Democratic Socialism, and the Limits of 1960s Internationalism Rossen Djagalov

6. Songs from the Wood, Love from the Fields: The Soviet Tourist Song Movement Christian Noack

7. Look Left, Drive Right: Internationalisms at the 1968 World Youth Festival Nicholas Rutter

8. A Test of Friendship: Soviet-Czechoslovak Tourism and the Prague Spring Rachel Applebaum

Popular Culture and Media

9. Postmemory, Counter-memory: Soviet Cinema of the 1960s Lilya Kaganovsky

10. The Politics of Privatization: Television Entertainment and the Yugoslav Sixties Sabina Mihelj

11. Playing Catch-Up: Soviet Media and Soccer Hooliganism, 1965-1975 Robert Edelman

12. Listening to Los Beatles: Being Young in 1960s Cuba Anne Luke

13. In Search of an Ending: Seventeen Moments and the Seventies Stephen Lovell



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Gorsuch, Anne E. (edt)
Indiana University Press
Gorsuch, Anne E.
Koenker, Diane P.
Bloomington, IN
Politics-Leftist Studies
Communism & Socialism
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
1960s; communist; Cuba Eastern Europe; socialist; Soviet Union
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