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The Soviet Union under Brezhnev

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The Soviet Union under Brezhnev by William J. Tompson
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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.

Author Biography

William Tompson teaches in the Politics Department at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Release date Australia
April 28th, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
198
Dimensions
157x234x11
ISBN-13
9780582327191
Product ID
1794096

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