The Khrushchev Era 1953-1964 / Edition 1

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Overview

History and politics students alike will welcome this new Seminar Study which analyses the Khrushchev era -- a critical period of Soviet and world history. It was Khrushchev who, in 1957, finally filled the political vacuum left by the death of Stalin in 1953. He was an erratic, impulsive, inspirational and innovative leader who addressed the fundamental problems of the country - and yet he was, Martin McCauley argues, "a brilliant failure''. In this study the author explores all aspects of the Khrushchev era: including reforms in agriculture, economic policy, crises in Eastern Europe, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, de-Stalinisation and Khrushchev's attempts to reform the Communist Party.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582277762
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/13/1995
  • Series: Seminar Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Editorial Foreword
Note on referencing system
List of maps
Acknowledgements
Preface
Note on Russian Names
The Communist Party and the Soviet Govermnent
1 From Peasant Boy to a Member of Stalin's Elite 1
Acquiring qualifications 2
Khrushchev in Moscow 4
Khrushchev and Stalin 6
Forging liaisons 8
Back to Ukraine 9
War 10
Rebuilding Ukraine 11
Khrushchev and anti-Semitism 13
Back in Moscow 13
The end of Stalin 15
2 Becoming A Strong National Leader, 1953-57 17
The key political institution 18
Beria 19
The East German conflict 21
The downfall of Beria 22
The rehabilitations begin 25
Malenkov versus Khrushchev 26
Khrushchev and coercion 28
Khrushchev and his 'tail' 29
Khrushchev and the economy 30
Democratisation 31
Agriculture 31
Foreign policy 38
De-Stalinisation and the Twentieth Party Congress 42
Khrushchev and the intelligentsia 44
Foreign affairs after the Congress 45
Crises in Eastern Europe 46
Nationality policy 48
The failed putsch 49
Sputnik 50
3 On Top of the World, 1958-62 52
Education 53
Reforming the KGB 54
Culture 54
The military 55
The police 56
Changes in the leadership 57
Social policy 57
Foreign policy 57
The Twenty-first Party Congress 63
Economic problems 64
Bifurcation of the Party and soviets 68
Successes in space 69
The Cuban Missile crisis 69
'The Present Generation of Soviet People Will Live under Communism' 72
Churches and culture 73
Labour policy 74
4 Decline and Fall, 1963-64 76
The Preparation of the coup 77
Khrushchev becomes careless 79
The trap is sprung 80
Back in Moscow 81
The indictment 82
5 The Unwilling Pensioner, 1964-71 84
The Memoirs 85
The end 87
6 Courageous Failure 90
Chronology 126
Glossary 129
Bibliography 131
Index 138
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