To See Paris and Die: The Soviet Lives of Western Culture.

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Author: Chris Booth
Date: Dec. 2019
From: International Social Science Review(Vol. 95, Issue 3)
Publisher: Pi Gamma Mu
Document Type: Article
Length: 626 words
Lexile Measure: 1590L

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Gilburd, Eleonory. To See Paris and Die: The Soviet Lives of Western Culture. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018. vii + 458 pages. Hardcover, $35.00.

In Eleonory Gilburd's most recent book, To See Paris and Die: The Soviet Lives of Western Culture, readers are treated to an examination of Western cultural imports influence on a closed Soviet society and their diverse reception. Not limiting herself to any particular field, Gilburd, a well-respected Soviet historian, covers a wide range of the arts, including films, paintings, books, and even language itself--investigating nearly every cultural import into the Soviet Union from the Western world. While focusing primarily on 1950 till 1960, a period commonly referred to as the "thaw," Gilburd does occasionally stretch to other eras during the Cold War to identify particularly significant cultural items. Throughout the book, Gilburd contends that the cultural imports from the Western world into the Soviet Union--while at first often a sensory shock--regularly intermixed...

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