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Club Red: Vacation Travel and the Soviet Dream

Diane P. Koenker


The Bolsheviks took power in Russia in 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. This book offers a sweeping and insightful history of Soviet vacationing and ... More

Keywords: Bolsheviks, Russia, perestroika, Russian Revolution, Soviet tourism, Soviet vacations, communism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451539
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451539.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diane P. Koenker, author
Professor of History, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign