The Possibilities of Peaceful Coexistence, 1958–1959

Rósa Magnúsdóttir

in Enemy Number One

, pages 122-151
Published in print February 2019 | ISBN: 9780190681463
Published online December 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190681494 | DOI:
The Possibilities of Peaceful Coexistence, 1958–1959

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This chapter focuses on the official cultural exchange agreement from 1958 and its immediate outcome. The focus is first on Soviet reactions to the American National Exhibition in Moscow in 1959 and then Khrushchev’s trip to the United States, which aptly illustrates the changes in both official and popular discourses on America that had taken place since 1945. In 1959, Khrushchev emphasized the demonstrated capabilities of the Soviet and American people to fight for peace together: the Soviet-American alliance again entered the Soviet narrative of the Great Patriotic War, and even if hopes for a real thaw in Soviet-American relations came to nothing in the early 1960s, culminating in 1962 with the Cuban Missile Crisis, there was never again such a strong effort to control and contain images of the United States in the Soviet Union as there had been during the early Cold War.

Keywords: Zarubin-Lacy Agreement; official cultural exchanges; SSOD; peaceful coexistence; American National Exhibition; Sokolniki Park; Nikita Khrushchev; Khrushchev in America; propaganda; ideology

Chapter.  13382 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History ; Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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