Soviet Space Culture: Cosmic Enthusiasm in Socialist Societies

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Soviet Space Culture Starting with the first man-made satellite 'Sputnik' in 1957 and culminating four years later with the first human in space, Yuri Gagarin, space became a new utopian horizon. This book explores the profound repercussions of the Soviet space exploration program on culture and everyday life in Eastern Europe, especially in the Soviet Union itself. Full description

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Explores the profound affect of the Soviet space exploration program on culture and daily life in Eastern Europe, investigating its utopian roots and appearance in everything from pop songs to murals

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EVA MAURER studied History and Russian Literature in Zürich and Münster, Germany and holds a special interest in the cultural and social history of Russia and the Soviet Union. Her PhD study 'Wege zum Pik Stalin' deals with the agency of Soviet mountaineers and their contribution to the mental maps of Stalinism.
 
JULIA RICHERS is Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and finished her PhD in 2005. Her interest in spatial theories lead her to the topics, 'Cosmic Enthusiasm in the Soviet Union' and 'the Soviet Union between Cults of Technology and Utopian Thinking'.
 
MONICA RÜTHERS is Professor of East European History at Hamburg University, Germany. Her research interests include Russian and Soviet Visual History, Jews and Gypsies as European liminar groups, Iconography of Soviet Childhood and Soviet Type Consumer Societies. 
 
CARMEN SCHEIDE  is specialized in East European history and culture. She received her PhD in 1999 from Basel University for a study on Soviet women in the 1920s and wrote her habilitation about the remembrance of World War II in the Soviet Union.

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