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Club RedVacation Travel and the Soviet Dream$
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Diane P. Koenker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451539

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451539.001.0001

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Mending the Human Motor

Mending the Human Motor

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Diane P. Koenker

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451539.003.0002

This chapter explores the practice of Soviet vacationing in rest homes and health spas (kurorty, or cure places) in the 1920s and the 1930s and the evolution of specific doctrines of socialist rest. The question of whether vacation was a recuperative necessity or a socialist entitlement shaped planners’ debates about building vacation institutions and allocating access to them. Alongside these debates, the beneficiaries of the annual socialist vacation asserted their own preferences for fun and merrymaking as well as medicine and therapy. By the late 1930s, a Soviet resort vacation had emerged that featured pleasure as much as medical purpose and attracted more of the Soviet elite than deserving factory toilers in need of bodily repair.

Keywords:   Soviet vacationing, rest homes, health spas, vacation institutions, Soviet resort vacation, socialist rest

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