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

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Denis Kozlov, Eleonory Gilburd
University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2013 - History - 512 pages

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.

 

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Contents

The Thaw as an Event in Russian History
18
Looking Back
78
The Soviet Penitentiary System after Stalins
109
Figures
113
From Prisoners to Citizens? ExPrisoners in Vorkuta during
143
Illustrations
145
Tables
159
Opposition to the Thaw and
231
The Virgin Lands
269
Virgin Lands sovkhoz
271
Gulag Returnees East European
308
The Revival of Soviet Internationalism in the Mid to Late
362
Regimentation Western
402
Soviet Thaw Cinema in the International
436
List qf Contributors
493
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Denis Kozlov is an associate professor in the Department of History and the Department of Russian Studies at Dalhousie University.

Eleonory Gilburd is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Chicago.

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