Trends in U.S.-Soviet Relations: CQR
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Our people can't use this garbage as a tool for their ideology. Nonetheless, despite Khrushchev's inconsistent liberalization of musical expression, his speeches were not so much "restrictions" as "exhortations". The composers of this time, for example, were able to access scores by composers such as Arnold Schoenberg and Pierre Boulez, gaining inspiration from and imitating previously concealed musical scores.
One group wrote predominantly "official" music which was "sanctioned, nourished, and supported by the Composers' Union".
The second group wrote "unofficial", "left", "avant-garde", or "underground" music, marked by a general state of opposition against the Soviet Union. Although both groups are widely considered to be interdependent, many regard the unofficial music scene as more independent and politically influential than the former in the context of the Thaw.
Rather, the music was considered unofficial within a context that counteracted, contradicted, and redefined the socialist realist requirements from within their official means and spaces. The first phase of unofficial music was marked by performances of "escapist" pieces.
From a composer's perspective, these works were escapist in the sense that their sound and structure withdrew from the demands of socialist realism.
Additionally, pieces developed during this phase of unofficial music allowed the listeners the ability to escape the familiar sounds that Soviet officials officially sanctioned.
The Thaw allowed these composers the freedom to access old and new scores, especially those originating in the Western avant-garde. Socialist realist music was widely considered "boring", and the unofficial concerts that the young composers presented allowed the listeners "a means of circumventing, reinterpreting, and undercutting the dominant socialist realist aesthetic codes".
While a number of participants in unofficial concerts "claimed them to be a liberating activity, connoting resistance, opposition, or protest of some sort",  some critics claim that rather than taking an active role in opposing Soviet power, composers of unofficial music simply "withdrew" from the demands of the socialist realist music and chose to ignore the norms of the system. Regardless of the intentions of the composers, the effect of their music on audiences throughout the Soviet Union and abroad "helped audiences imagine alternative possibilities to those suggested by Soviet authorities, principally through the ubiquitous stylistic tropes of socialist realism".
Even after Khrushchev's fall from power in Octoberthe freedoms that composers, performers, and listeners felt through unofficial concerts lasted into the s.
As a result of this, a great deal of this unofficial music remains undocumented. Consequently, much of what we know now about unofficial music in the Thaw can be sourced only through interviews with those composers, performers, and listeners who witnessed the unofficial music scene during the Thaw.
With the exception of the arch Stalinist and anti-Titoist AlbaniaRomania was the only country where intellectuals avoided an open clash with the regime, influenced partly by the lack of any earlier revolt in post-war Romania that would have forced the regime to make concessions. The tensions were able to thaw because of Khrushchev's de-Stalinization of the USSR and peaceful coexistence theory and also because of US President Eisenhower 's cautious attitude and peace attempts.
The leaders' attitudes allowed them to, as Khrushchev put it, "break the ice.
Khrushchev had created the theory of peaceful existence in an attempt to reduce hostility between the two superpowers. He tried to prove peaceful coexistence by attending international peace conferences, such as the Geneva Summit, and by traveling internationally, such as his trip to USA's Camp David in This spirit of co-operation was severely damaged by the U-2 incident.
The Soviet presentation of downed pilot Francis Gary Powers at the May Paris Peace Summit and Eisenhower's refusal to apologize ended much of the progress of this era. Then Khrushchev approved the construction of the Berlin Wall in Further deterioration of the Thaw and decay of Khrushchev's international political standing happened during the Cuban Missile Crisis in At that time, the Soviet and international media were making two completely opposite pictures of reality, while the world was at the brink of a nuclear war.
Kennedy  helped to end the crisis, Khrushchev's political image in the West was damaged. Social, cultural and economic reforms[ edit ] Khrushchev's Thaw caused unprecedented social, cultural and economic transformations in the Soviet Union. The 60s generation actually started in the s, with their uncensored poetry, songs and books publications.
Many new social trends stemmed from that festival. Many Russian women became involved in love affairs with men visiting from all over the world, what resulted in the so-called "inter-baby boom" in Moscow and Leningrad. The festival also brought new styles and fashions that caused further spread of youth subculture called " stilyagi ".
The festival also "revolutionized" the underground currency trade and boosted the black market. Their poetry and songs broadened the public consciousness of the Soviet people and pushed guitars and tape recorders to masses, so the Soviet people became exposed to independent channels of information and public mentality was eventually updated in many ways.
Khrushchev finally liberated millions of peasants; by his order the Soviet government gave them identifications, passports, and thus allowed them to move out of poor villages to big cities.
Massive housing construction, known as khrushchevkaswere undertaken during the s and s. Millions of cheap and basic residential blocks of low-end flats were built all over the Soviet Union to accommodate the largest migration ever in the Soviet history, when masses of landless peasants moved to Soviet cities.
The move caused a dramatic change of the demographic picture in the USSR, and eventually finalized the decay of peasantry in Russia. The latent goal of the Americans was to get the Soviet Union to reduce production of heavy industry.
If the Soviet Union started putting their resources towards producing consumer goods, it would also mean a reduction of war materials. An estimated number of over twenty million Soviet citizens viewed the twenty-three U. The "Khrushchev regime had promised abundance to secure its legitimacy. American sociologist David Riesman coined the term "Operation Abundance" also known as the "Nylon War" which predicted "Russian people would not long tolerate masters who gave them tanks and spies instead of vacuum cleaners and beauty parlors.
Riesman's theory came true to some extent as the Soviet culture changed to include consumer goods such as vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and sewing machines. These items were specifically targeted at women in the Soviet Union with the idea that they relieved women of their domestic burden. Additionally an interest in changing the western image of a dowdy Russian woman led to the cultural acceptance of beauty products.
The modern Russian woman wanted the clothing, cosmetics, and hairstyles available to Western women. Under the Thaw, beauty shops selling cosmetics and perfume, which had previously only been available to royalty[ clarification needed ], became available for women. In response to American jazz Khrushchev stated: When I hear jazz, it's as if I had gas on the stomach. I used to think it was static when I heard it on the radio. We aren't going to give a kopeck for pictures painted by jackasses.
He was intelligent, forceful, not without emotions. Hyde when Brezhnev, who had just been laughing and slapping me on the back, started shouting angrily.
Brezhnev enjoyed entertaining foreign visitors at his dacha, where he and RN shared toast after toast. The culmination of the week of successes was the signing of both the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and the SALT agreements the Russians had indicated that no wives were allowed at the signing ceremony, so Mrs.
They put policy differences aside and instead began to come to know and understand one another.
At the end of the week Brezhnev slapped RN on the knee, hopeful that they had developed a good personal relationship. The summit the following June saw Brezhnev welcomed to the White House with full military honors. It is customary for visiting heads of state to stay at Blair House, a simple walk across the street from the White House, though Nixon made arrangements for Brezhnev to stay at Camp David instead.
He took the wheel, motioned Nixon into the passenger seat, and sped off at 60 mph, careening down the narrow, winding roads to the horror of the Secret Service. He blew through a stop sign and lurched into traffic on a nearby highway. Air Force One flew low over the Grand Canyon so that Brezhnev could get a glimpse of the shadowy canyon walls.
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One cannot imagine this type of humor coming from Stalin or Khrushchev. The American and Soviet flags flew side by side. The rooms were prepared to host dozens. After protesting the actions of the US Congress, he dismissed the new technology of the US and declared that the Soviets would have all of the same things in a few years and then say "Bye bye" as they surpassed the U.
Both men agreed that the United States and the Soviet Union should seek areas of agreement. At the end, Khrushchev stated that everything he had said in their debate should be translated into English and broadcast in the US. Nixon responded "Certainly it will, and everything I say is to be translated into Russian and broadcast across the Soviet Union. That's a fair bargain.
Nixon argued that the Americans built to take advantage of new techniques, while Khrushchev argued that the Soviets built for future generations. Khrushchev states, "This is what America is capable of, and how long has she existed?