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Course of Our Times, The
Soviet Union After Krushchev, The
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Historical survey hosted by Abram Sachar, Brandeis University. Series release date: 1973

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“Succession to leadership in the Soviet Union has rarely been orderly. Khruschev had come to power by outmaneuvering his closest associates and he tasted his own medicine when he was unceremoniously ousted in 1964 during and unguarded absence from the Kremlin. Ostensibly there was rule by committee but, within a few months, one of the main conspirators in Khruschev ouster, Leonid Brezhnev, became ‘more equal’ than the others. Brezhnev’s leadership was hailed as the triumph of career technicians. It was mainly exerted to release more consumer goods for the population and to raise their living standards. Brezhnev pursued more conciliatory diplomatic policies with Western Europe. Though he vigorously opposed the American intervention in Indo China and he continued to supply weapons and technicians to the Hanoi government, he was careful to avoid involvement in the war. His diplomacy of conciliation was climaxed when President Nixon visited Moscow and, by mutually favorable economic agreements and a military détente, dramatized the joint intention to wind down the Cold War.”



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