The Socialist Sixties

The Socialist Sixties

Crossing Borders in the Second World
Edited by Anne E. Gorsuch and Diane P. Koenker
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/28/2013
Format: paper 348 pages, 12 b&w illus.
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-00937-1
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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.

Author Bio

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.


"Essential reading for scholars and students across multiple fields. . . .Throughout the book, we get the best sense I've yet encountered for the complexity of socialism as an international phenomenon." —Kristin Roth-Ey, author of Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire That Lost the Cultural Cold War

"[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

"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

"[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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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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