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Showcasing the Great Experiment: Cultural Diplomacy and Western Visitors to the Soviet Union, 1921-1941

Michael David-Fox


This book is a history of the Soviet tours of European and American intellectuals, writers, bohemians, professionals, and political tourists who saw the “Soviet experiment” in the 1920s and 1930s. It provides a new framework for understanding the relationship between intellectuals and communism and the Soviet reception of foreign visitors, including the leading fellow-travelers who praised Stalin and Stalinism in the interwar period. The work is based on a far-reaching analysis of the declassified archives of agencies charged with crafting the international image of the first socialist society ... More

Keywords: Soviet, cultural diplomacy, VOKS, Stalin, Stalinism, foreign visitors, intellectuals, Communism, fascism, interwar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199794577
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794577.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael David-Fox, author
Georgetown University