Club Red: Vacation Travel And The Soviet Dream by Diane P. KoenkerClub Red: Vacation Travel And The Soviet Dream by Diane P. Koenker

Club Red: Vacation Travel And The Soviet Dream

byDiane P. Koenker

Hardcover | April 24, 2013

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The Bolsheviks took power in Russia 1917 armed with an ideology centered on the power of the worker. From the beginning, however, Soviet leaders also realized the need for rest and leisure within the new proletarian society and over subsequent decades struggled to reconcile the concept of leisure with the doctrine of communism, addressing such fundamental concerns as what the purpose of leisure should be in a workers' state and how socialist vacations should differ from those enjoyed by the capitalist bourgeoisie.In Club Red, Diane P. Koenker offers a sweeping and insightful history of Soviet vacationing and tourism from the Revolution through perestroika. She shows that from the outset, the regime insisted that the value of tourism and vacation time was strictly utilitarian. Throughout the 1920s and '30s, the emphasis was on providing the workers access to the "repair shops" of the nation's sanatoria or to the invigorating journeys by foot, bicycle, skis, or horseback that were the stuff of "proletarian tourism." Both the sedentary vacation and tourism were part of the regime’s effort to transform the poor and often illiterate citizenry into new Soviet men and women.Koenker emphasizes a distinctive blend of purpose and pleasure in Soviet vacation policy and practice and explores a fundamental paradox: a state committed to the idea of the collective found itself promoting a vacation policy that increasingly encouraged and then had to respond to individual autonomy and selfhood. The history of Soviet tourism and vacations tells a story of freely chosen mobility that was enabled and subsidized by the state. While Koenker focuses primarily on Soviet domestic vacation travel, she also notes the decisive impact of travel abroad (mostly to other socialist countries), which shaped new worldviews, created new consumer desires, and transformed Soviet vacation practices.

Diane P. Koenker is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Editor of Slavic Review. She is the author of several books including Moscow Workers and the 1917 Revolution, coauthor of Strikes in Revolution, Russia 1917, and coeditor and translator of Notes of a Red Guard. From Cornell, she authored Repu...
Title:Club Red: Vacation Travel And The Soviet DreamFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:April 24, 2013Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801451531

ISBN - 13:9780801451539

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Vacations, Tourism, and the Paradoxes of Soviet Culture1. Mending the Human Motor2. Proletarian Tourism: The Best Form of Rest3. The Proletarian Tourist in the 1930s: Seeking the Good Life on the Road4. Restoring Vacations after the War5. From Treatment to Vacation: The Post-Stalin Consumer Regime6. Post-Proletarian Tourism: The New Soviet Person Takes to the Road7. The Modernization of Soviet TourismConclusion: Soviet Vacations and the Modern WorldBibliography

Editorial Reviews

"This impeccably researched, percipient, and engaging book is an excellent new addition to Cornell University Press's outstanding Russian and Soviet history list. Following Soviet tourists from sumptuous neoclassical 'rest homes’ on the Black Sea to mule trains, from ocean liners to hitchhiking, Diane P. Koenker’s Club Red explores the paradoxes of leisure time spent to ‘the rule of the bell,’ and, conversely, the contradictions of activities in which therapeutic and socializing regimes were offset by the quest for fun and romance. Representing Soviet institutions and ‘Soviet identity’ from a novel angle, the book shows how turizm took people to locations outside ordinary space and time; it makes an important contribution to the new spatial history as well as to the history of everyday life and social relations." - Catriona Kelly, University of Oxford, author of Children’s World: Growing Up in Russia, 1890–1991