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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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Soviet Vacations and the Modern World

(p.280) Conclusion
Club Red

Diane P. Koenker

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter returns to the contradictory nature of Soviet vacations and tourism by arguing that Soviet vacations and tourism originated in a spirit of state purpose, to provide healthy alternatives in order to discipline unruly youth and to restore the health of workers so they could become more productive. Along with this purposeful mission of medical prophylaxis came a cultural agenda, in which the annual vacation became part of the overall civilizing mission of the Soviet regime. At the same time, however, the illiberal history of the Soviet Union compels us to acknowledge the persistence of stratification and the ways in which privilege dominated over egalitarianism. The chapter offers further insights into the implications of vacationing and tourism in Soviet history, as well as how the citizens had responded to these tourist practices and ideologies.

Keywords:   Soviet vacations, Soviet tourism, Soviet Union, Soviet history, privilege, egalitarianism, state purpose

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