Soviet Union under Brezhnev

ISBN-10: 0582327199

ISBN-13: 9780582327191

Edition: 2003

Authors: William Tompson
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Description: Instigator of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and author of the Brezhnev Doctrine which governed Soviet relations with the rest of Eastern Europe, Brezhnev was the last of the Cold War warriors. This new Seminar Study provides an introduction to a key period in the history of the USSR. The approach is thematic rather than chronological, with sections examining politics and policy under Brezhnev, including chapters on leadership politics, domestic policy, and foreign policy. Additional sections examine economy and society, with chapters on economic performance, demographic and social change, and culture. For those interested in Russian history.

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 6/2/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Chronology
Introduction
The Soviet Union at the End of the Khrushchev Era
The Fall of Nikita Khrushchev
The New Leaders
Soviet Society a Decade After Stalin's Death
The Soviet Union and the World in 1964
Analysis
Leadership Politics
High Politics and Brezhnev's Consolidation of Power
Brezhnev as Politician: Mannequin or Machiavellian?
'Two Brezhnevs'?
The Soviet Elite in the Brezhnev Era
Policy-marking in the Brezhnev Era
Brezhnev as Policy-maker: From Consensus to Stagnation?
The Role of the Politburo and Secretariat
Taking Advice: Information, Institutions and Expertise
Policy-making in Practice: The Case of Arms Control
Foreign Policy from Cuba to Helsinki
The Defence Build-up of the 1960s
Managing the Bloc
War in Vietnam and US-Soviet Relations
The Road to Superpower Detente
China
The Soviet Union and the Developing World
The Era of High Detente
From Helsinki to the Second Cold War
Arms Control and Trade
Detente Under Strain
China
Afghanistan
Poland
Conflicting Expectations and the Failure of Detente
After Detente
Economic Policy Under Brezhnev and Kosygin
Soviet Industry Under the Kosygin Reforms and After
The Limits of Reform
Soviet Agriculture in the Brezhnev Era
Blind Spots in Economic Policy and the 'Obsession with Growth'
Economic Performance
Growth Performance Under Brezhnev and Kosygin
The Failure of the Centrally Planned Economy
Detente, Foreign Trade and the 'Scientific and Technical Revolution'
Living Standards and Household Welfare
Socio-economic and Demographic Change
Urbanisation and Education
The 'Social Contract' Under Strain
Emerging Demographic Problems
Nationalities Policy Under Brezhnev
Culture and Ideas
Culture High and Low
The Crackdown on Dissent
The Changing Nature of Dissidence
Growing Room for 'Permitted Heterodoxy'
Assessment
Brezhnev's Legacy to Gorbachev
Brezhnev's Twilight
The Andropov Interregnum
The Chernenko Interlude
State and Society at the End of the Brezhnev Era
Documents
Glossary
Who's Who
Guide to Further Reading
Bibliography
Index
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