The Gapping Game of Russia’s Generations

After the Cold War it allowed a whole new generation of Russians has grown up.  These young adults of Russia in 1968 are not like their western culture counter parts of the United States and France. They were not involved with Vietnam, involved in the new sexual revolution, and lastly experimenting with illegal drugs (Geldern).  Instead the Russian youth were calm and focusing their energy on “healthy activities prescribed by the Komsomol, or other relatively harmless occupations (Geldern).” This was a different type of Russian generation or could be considered a less stress generation because “Soviet children were no longer subject to the depredations suffered by their parents, and the displacements caused by collectivization or war (Geldern).” Different things became important to this generation such as leisure activates and were able to spend their income more freely. One of the most bickering topics during this time period was not war, but about new fashion fads and music that these young Russians had. The music that started to rise in western cultures was rock-n-roll. Many records of this new form of music tended to be smuggled in the country. These new styles of clothing and music brought on what is known as the second economy. This second economy had an illegal part (black market) and legal part. “The second economy of the USSR included economic activities that supplemented the command, or first, economy.” This was huge change in the way of life for Russian people. The younger generation was allowed to grow up in environment that contained no war and less stressful hardships. The 1960s brought a generation gap to Russia which could be considered as a good thing!   

 Vladimir Vysotsky

 Vladimir Vysotsky a very famous Russian “bard”, actor, singer-songwriter

Information From: Seventeen Moments in Soviet History:  http://www.soviethistory.org/index.php?page=subject&SubjectID=1968generation&Year=1968&navi=byYear 

Picture from: http://en.ria.ru/analysis/20100723/159926157.html

3 thoughts on “The Gapping Game of Russia’s Generations

  1. An interesting post. I think you talked about a subject that I did not see anyone else blog about. The generation gap in Russia seemed to push a new way of thinking and acting that the generation before would never thought of doing. Good post.

  2. Although the new generation in Soviet Russia were not involved in Vietnam, the sexual revolution or in drug-related activities, there are still many similarities to the western cultures, which you did a great job of pointing out. Like western teenagers, the Soviets had a new-found appreciation for music and fashion.

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