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Greetings to our friends across the sea from the English Club of the 1st Moscow Pedagogical Institute (A "friendship album" scrapbook presented by the collective members of the USSR-Great Britain Society, First Moscow Pedagogical Institute)
Moscow: ca. 1958-1961. Oblong folio (21 × 31 cm). Light blue buckram photo-album, with illustration of Leningrad to front board; twenty unnumbered card leaves with handwritten text to rectos and versos in blue ink, with painted red and blue headings and collaged images, newspaper text, and original photographs. Some browning throughout; bottom left joint starting; else about very good. ["We live in the land of the Sputnik!"]. This Thaw-era 'friendship album' scrapbook, handwritten in English by the students of the First Moscow Pedagogical Institute and addressed to "our friends across the sea" (presumably University students at an equivalent British university), is a remarkable memento of the relatively relaxed cultural policy of Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971). Khrushchev came to power after Stalin's death in 1953, and in his 1956 "secret speech" denounced Stalin's cult of personality and isolationist policies, setting in motion the period known as the Thaw (1956-1968). Internationalization and cultural exchange were especially encouraged in this period, which saw somewhat loosened censorship and student exchange programs, as well as better foreign language instruction."At the Youth Festival in Moscow in 1957 we were the happy hosts" is an opening heading of this scrapbook, illustrated with a mix of personal and press photographs and written in pristine English cursive. The 1957 Youth Festival, which drew 34000 participants from 130 countries, was in fact a landmark moment in unintentionally bringing too much Western influence into the Soviet Union and initiating cont … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bernett Penka Rare Books [United States]
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