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

By Diane P. Koenker

The Bolsheviks took energy in Russia 1917 armed with an ideology situated at the strength of the employee. From the start, in spite of the fact that, Soviet leaders additionally learned the necessity for relaxation and relaxation in the new proletarian society and over next many years struggled to reconcile the concept that of relaxation with the doctrine of communism, addressing such primary matters as what the aim of rest might be in a staff' nation and the way socialist vacation trips should still range from these loved by way of the capitalist bourgeoisie.

In Club Red, Diane P. Koenker bargains a sweeping and insightful heritage of Soviet touring and tourism from the Revolution via perestroika. She exhibits that from the outset, the regime insisted that the price of tourism and holiday time was once strictly utilitarian. through the Nineteen Twenties and '30s, the emphasis used to be on supplying 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 rework the terrible and sometimes illiterate citizenry into new Soviet males and women.

Koenker emphasizes a particular combination of function and delight in Soviet holiday coverage and perform and explores a basic paradox: a nation devoted to the belief of the collective came across itself selling a holiday coverage that more and more inspired after which needed to reply to person autonomy and selfhood. The background of Soviet tourism and holidays tells a narrative of freely selected mobility that was once enabled and backed by means of the kingdom. whereas Koenker focuses totally on Soviet family holiday go back and forth, she additionally notes the decisive effect of shuttle in another country (mostly to different socialist countries), which formed new worldviews, created new client wants, and reworked Soviet holiday practices.

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These official inequalities existed in all areas of economic life and were widely understood, if not always accepted. ” Factory workers’ two-week annual leave made it difficult to utilize a putevka for the standard forty-five-day cure in a health spa unless they received additional sick leave from their insurance funds. Less palatable to the regime were examples of the manipulation of the system by those with inside access to such goods. Employees traveling to southern spas with a red or green worker’s putevka not only received a coveted space but paid the worker rate for the privilege: no wonder insiders used their positions to send themselves and their relatives instead of genuine workers and then maintained “there were no workers” to send.

35 36 Chapter 1 Health officials devoted considerable effort to monitoring the class composition of their patients, even if this effort revealed widespread abuse of the putevka system. They were much less interested in the gender and age composition of those who received treatment. 67 Officials acknowledged that women found it difficult to accept putevki to rest homes because they had no place to leave their children; this problem led to suggestions that special homes be organized for mothers and children together.

GARF, f. 5528, op. 4, d. 132, ll. 21, 12, 14, 35; d. 131, l. 9; GARF, f. 9493, op. 1, d. 2 (report from central committee of coal miners’ trade union, September 1933), ll. 1–2. 31. GARF, f. 5528, op. 4, d. 132, ll. 48, 76, 218, 228; see also Sergei Zhuravlev and Mikhail Mukhin, “Krepost' sotsializma”: Povsednevnost' i motivatsiia truda na sovetskom predpriiatii, 1928–1938 gg. (Moscow, 2004), 193; Pechatnik, 15 June 1927, 18; GARF, f. 5528, op. 4, d. 131, ll. 15–17. 32. “Lived just as well,” Martenovka, 6 June 1935; 10 July 1935; Zhuravlev and Mukhin, “Krepost' sotsializma,” 193–195; Znamia trekhgorki, 16 July 1936; 9 August 1936; 4 June 1938; “Surrounded by wonderful nature,” 4 July 1938; “made merry,” 10 August 1938.

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