Change was in the air as the sixties unfolded. Challenges in the sphere of foreign policy and changes in leadership marked the political sphere just as new forms of cultural expression and shifting social norms shaped Soviet society.
For this week’s post, please find an aspect of the Soviet sixties that appeals to you and tell us why it’s so important and interesting. As usual, wonderful material awaits in 17 Moments in Soviet History (modules on 1956 and1961). The section of Freeze that is relevant here is the first part of Ch. 13 pp. 400-434.
If you haven’t done so already, please start tapping the riches of the Current Digest of the Russian (Soviet) Press for primary newspaper and journal articles. There are other high-value resources on the “Soviet History Resources” page of our website, including the Cold War International History Project and the Ceasar, Polo and Esau papers from the CIA.
You may focus on an event, a development or an individual. Your post should use (and cite) primary sources (texts, music, or images). You may also use a particular image or primary document as a focal point for your post. Regardless of your focus, your post should address one of the key questions for this section of the course:
- What were the main contours of “de-Stalinization”?
- How were economic, cultural and political reform connected in the Khrushchev era?
- How do you assess the “perils” vs. the “promises” of reform after Stalin?