'There's No Place like Home': Soviet Tourism in Late Stalinism

Title'There's No Place like Home': Soviet Tourism in Late Stalinism
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsGorsuch, AE
JournalSlavic Review
ISBN Number0037-6779
Keywordsarticle, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, folk rituals, National Identity, Stalinism, Totalitarianism, Tourism, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

In this article, Anne E. Gorsuch explores the nature and meaning of tourism in the difficult and hungry years of late Stalinism. In this period of Cold War anxiety, tourism was seen as a means of reinforcing Soviet identity. Moscow was a particular focus of Soviet patriotic education, but tourism also contributed to the construction of Soviet identity on the larger collective level of the Soviet Union. Tourism was also offered as part of the cultured "good life" due loyal Soviet citizens. In every case, tourists were reminded that it was only within the borders of the socialist homeland that Soviet citizens could let down their guard and be confident of a warm welcome.