What’s more Cold War-ian than the mid-1950s?

30 May

About a month and a half ago, I saw a musical at the Russian embassy called Stilyagi.

The next week, I found myself in a conversation with my history professor about hipsters, both in the United States and from the film. I said, “I would just love to read an article that compared the stilyagi to real American teens. Something tells me they missed something. Obviously with the whole Iron Curtain and everything.”

My professor paused a moment and looked at me over the ridge of his glasses. “Why don’t you write it?”

We had a 10 page paper due at the end of the semester. I wanted to write about World War I, because outside of Russia, that’s kind of my schtick. But at his behest, I chose to do just that. Six weeks, two full Russian-to-English translations and thirteen pages later, I had my analysis of these two subcultures.

So, for our second-to-last article in Cold War Stereotypes month, I turned my paper into a (hopefully) easy to follow along PowerPoint. I even included my bibliography.

If you have any questions or need any clarification, please ask away!

EDIT: Video links fixed.

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