Club Red: Vacation Travel and the Soviet Dream by Diane P. Koenker

By Diane P. Koenker

The Bolsheviks took strength in Russia 1917 armed with an ideology established at the energy of the employee. From the start, in spite of the fact that, Soviet leaders additionally discovered the necessity for relaxation and relaxation in the new proletarian society and over next a long time struggled to reconcile the idea that of relaxation with the doctrine of communism, addressing such basic issues as what the aim of relaxation might be in a employees' kingdom and the way socialist vacation trips may still range from these loved through the capitalist bourgeoisie.

In membership purple, Diane P. Koenker deals a sweeping and insightful heritage of Soviet traveling and tourism from the Revolution via perestroika. She exhibits that from the outset, the regime insisted that the worth of tourism and holiday time was once strictly utilitarian. during the Nineteen Twenties and '30s, the emphasis used to be on delivering the staff entry to the "repair retailers" of the nation's sanatoria or to the invigorating trips through foot, bicycle, skis, or horseback that have been the stuff of "proletarian tourism." either the sedentary holiday and tourism have been a part of the regime’s attempt to remodel the bad and infrequently illiterate citizenry into new Soviet males and women.

Koenker emphasizes a particular combination of objective and enjoyment in Soviet holiday coverage and perform and explores a basic paradox: a kingdom devoted to the assumption of the collective discovered itself selling a holiday coverage that more and more inspired after which needed to reply to person autonomy and selfhood. The heritage of Soviet tourism and vacation trips tells a narrative of freely selected mobility that was once enabled and backed through the country. whereas Koenker focuses totally on Soviet family holiday trip, she additionally notes the decisive influence of go back and forth in a foreign country (mostly to different socialist countries), which formed new worldviews, created new purchaser wants, and reworked Soviet holiday practices.

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51. Sally Ewing, “The Science and Politics of Soviet Insurance Medicine,” in Solomon and Hutchinson, Health and Society in Revolutionary Russia, 69–96. 52. Vsesoiuznaia perepis' naseleniia 17 dekabria 1926 goda. Kratkie svodki (Moscow, 1927–29), vol. 34, table 1, 2–3; Vsesoiuznaia perepis' naseleniia 1937 g. Kratkie itogi (Moscow, 1991), 116, 121; Vsesoiuznaia perepis' naseleniia 1939 goda. Osnovnye itogi (Moscow, 1992). 53 Health and trade union organizations failed to achieve these ambitious quotas.

25 26 Chapter 1 the southern and western shores; other hotels and resorts belonged to various state or economic agencies, and these existed side by side with private enterprises such as the Hotel Dragonigo in Sevastopol' and fifty-five private pansions in Yalta. Sevastopol' and Yalta served as centers of sightseeing and excursions. Patients and vacationers alike could journey from here to visit the Crimean War battlefields at Balaklava or the Crimean khan’s palace at Bakhchisarai. During the course of the first five-year plan from 1928 to 1932, all remaining private accommodations were nationalized and attached to existing sanatoria or converted to state-run pansions and rest homes.

22. Gol'dfail' and Iakhnin, Kurorty, sanatorii i doma otdykha, 11. 23. GARF, f. 9493, op. 1, d. 8 (report on Caucasus Mineral Waters resorts), ll. 50–51, 117–118, 190. 1 Beds and resident patients in Soviet sanatoria, 1920–1927 Year Number of beds Number of resident patients Number of outpatients Total patients 1918 — 8,200 1919 — 4,992 1920 — 1921 29,096 38,883 6,569 45,402 57,687 17,838 75,525 1922 13,721 32,731 9,002 41,733 1923 22,714 56,252 37,762 94,104 1924 23,045 72,446 59,374 131,820 1925 26,460 91,338 70,481 161,819 1926 28,809 93,341 79,832 173,173 1927 23,370 93,600 96,019 189,619 Source: Gol'dfail' and Iakhnin, Kurorty, sanatorii i doma otdykha, 14.

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