“There’s No Place like Home:” Soviet Tourism in Late Stalinism

Anne E. Gorsuch

in All this is your World

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199609949
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731853 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Modern European History

“There’s No Place like Home:” Soviet Tourism in Late Stalinism

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Chapter One serves as a source of information about the nature of Soviet domestic tourism, and as a counterpoint to the turn to the international under Khrushchev. In late Stalinism, Soviet citizens were encouraged to turn inwards, to avoid dangerous “border zones” both literal and imaginative. Moscow was Itinerary Number 1, a special focus of Soviet patriotic education for the postwar tourist. Tourism was also means of integrating far-flung and/or new territories through visits to historical sites and “exotic” spaces newly inscribed with Soviet significance. Finally, Soviet tourism was a means of reassuring a weary, war-torn, population. Descriptions (even if not realized) of beautiful beaches and luxurious resorts suggested to loyal citizens that their future would be comfortable and bright. In every case, travelers were reminded that it was only within the borders of the socialist homeland that the Soviet citizen could be confident of a warm welcome.

Keywords: Soviet tourism; Stalinism; Postwar; Moscow; Soviet republics; empire; patriotism; modernity; consumer goods

Chapter.  11104 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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