Flowers Through Concrete: Explorations in Soviet Hippieland by Juliane Fürst

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In Flowers through Concrete, Juliane Fürst describes the 'sistema' of Soviet hippies, which outlived the Western subculture that inspired it and linked like-minded people in distant cities across Soviet republics, as 'the largest and most significant network in the Soviet underground' (p. 104). Unlike the better documented dissident movement, Soviet hippies were not primarily concerned with securing future freedom by changing society. Instead, they sought to live as freely as possible in the oppressive present, creating a peaceful, petal-strewn alternative to the austere and restrictive Soviet state. According to Fürst, 'their future was now' (p. 189).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-213
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Contemporary History
Issue number1
Early online date15 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2023


  • sociology and political science
  • history
  • cultural studies


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