This week was all about pushing boundaries — whether in outer space, on the border with China, atop the Bratsk high dam, at the edge of tillable land, or in the tense encounter between an artist and the Soviet leader. Taken as a whole, the posts bear testament to the contradictions and richness of the Khrushchev era — with equal attention paid to a long-covered up massacre and to the highly public and publicized deterioration of the relationship between the Soviet Union and The People’s Republic of China.
Among the chroniclers of the Soviet space program is an author who was photographed with Valentina Tereshkova — the first woman in space. So even if you are only dropping by the site, please don’t leave without checking out To Infinity and Then a Rough Trip Home.
The weekly digest will be on hiatus until November 17, while we sort out mid-terms and clean house. Until then, enjoy the Soviet sixties!
Image source: http://soviethistory.macalester.edu/index.php?page=subject&show=images&SubjectID=1968generation&Year=1968&navi=byYear