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The Thaw: Soviet Society and Culture during the 1950s and 1960s
     

The Thaw: Soviet Society and Culture during the 1950s and 1960s

by Denis Kozlov, Eleonory Gilburd
 

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ISBN-10: 1442644605

ISBN-13: 9781442644601

Pub. Date: 04/15/2013

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

The period from Stalin’s death in 1953 to the end of the 1960s marked a crucial epoch in Soviet history. Though not overtly revolutionary, this era produced significant shifts in policies, ideas, language, artistic practices, daily behaviours, and material life. It was also during this time that social, cultural, and intellectual processes in the USSR began

Overview

The period from Stalin’s death in 1953 to the end of the 1960s marked a crucial epoch in Soviet history. Though not overtly revolutionary, this era produced significant shifts in policies, ideas, language, artistic practices, daily behaviours, and material life. It was also during this time that social, cultural, and intellectual processes in the USSR began to parallel those in the West (and particularly in Europe) as never before.

This volume examines in fascinating detail the various facets of Soviet life during the 1950s and 1960s, a period termed the ‘Thaw.’ Featuring innovative research by historical, literary, and film scholars from across the world, this book helps to answer fundamental questions about the nature and ultimate fortune of the Soviet order – both in its internal dynamics and in its long-term and global perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442644601
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
04/15/2013
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables

Archival Abbreviations

Acknowledgments

Introduction
1 Denis Kozlov (Dalhousie University) and Eleonory Gilburd (New York University)
The Thaw as an Event in Russian History

PART I LOOKING BACK
2 Katerina Clark (Yale University)
'Wait for Me and I Shall Return': The Early Thaw as a Reprise of Late Thirties Culture?

3 Marc Elie (CNRS-EHESS)
Khrushchev's Gulag: The Soviet Penitentiary System after Stalin's Death, 1953-1964

4 Alan Barenberg (Texas Tech University)
From Prisoners to Citizens? Ex-Prisoners in Vorkuta during the Thaw

5 Denis Kozlov
Remembering and Explaining the Terror during the Thaw: Soviet Readers of Ehrenburg and Solzhenitsyn in the 1960s

6 Polly Jones (University of Oxford)
The Personal and the Political: Opposition to the "Thaw" and the Politics of Literary Identity in the 1950s and 1960s

PART II LOOKING FORWARD

7 Michaela Pohl (Vassar College)
From White Grave to Tselinograd to Astana: The Virgin Lands Opening, Khrushchev's Forgotten First Reform

8 Amir Weiner (Stanford University)
The Empires Pay a Visit: Gulag Returnees, East European Rebellions, and Soviet Frontier Politics

9 Eleonory Gilburd (New York University)
The Revival of Soviet Internationalism in the Mid- to Late 1950s

10 Larissa Zakharova (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
Soviet Fashion in the 1950s–1960s: Regimentation, Western Influences, and Consumption Strategies

11 Oksana Bulgakowa (Johannes Gutenberg University)
Cine-Weathers: Soviet Thaw Cinema in the International Context

12 Sheila Fitzpatrick (University of Chicago)
The Thaw in Retrospect

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