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


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The 1950s established patterns for Soviet tourism, many of which lasted until the fall of the Soviet Union. Some of these patterns were positive ones. Others reflected bureaucratic inertia and persistent anxiety. Tourism abroad became even more of a status symbol for the Soviet privileged classes, something different, presumably, than what Khrushchev had in mind with his promise to reform Communism and provide a more equitable alternative to capitalism. Ironically, Khrushchev's democratizing of knowledge about the rest of the world set up a comparison with the capitalist West which contributed to consumer disappointment under Brezhnev. In the Khrushchev era, however, the experience of travel abroad did not inevitably lead to anti-Soviet opinions, even as it did offer the possibility for personal as well as political alternatives. All this is Your World enrichs our understanding of the vital, and increasingly universal, relationship between experiencing the elsewhere, and finding one's own place at home

Keywords: Tourism; Khrushchev; Brezhnev; privilege; reform; Sovietism; elites; peaceful coexistence

Chapter.  2742 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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