The Soviet Union under Brezhnev

William J. Tompson

Collana: Seminar Studies
Anno: 2003
Rilegatura: Paperback / softback
Pagine: 198 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 235 x 159 mm
Peso: 340 gr.
  • EAN: 9780582327191
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The Soviet Union Under Brezhnev provides an accessible post-Soviet perspective on the history of the USSR from the mid-1960's to the mid-1980's. It challenges both the `evil empire' image of the USSR that was widespread in the early 1980's and the `stagnation' label attached to the period by Soviet reformers under Gorbachev. The book makes use of a range of memoirs, interviews, archival documents and other sources not available before 1990 to place Brezhnev and his epoch in a broader historical context. The author: examines high politics, foreign policy and policy making explores broader social, cultural and demographic trends presents a picture of Soviet society in the crucial decades prior to the upheavals and crises of the late 1980's While stopping well short of a full-scale rehabilitation of Brezhnev, Tompson rejects the prevailing image of the Soviet leader as a colourless non-entity, drawing attention to Brezhnev's real political skills, as well as his faults, and to the systemic roots of many of the problems he faced.