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The Soviet Union under Brezhnev /
William Tompson.
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Harlow : Pearson/Longman, 2003.
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xviii, 180 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0582327199
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imprint
Harlow : Pearson/Longman, 2003.
isbn
0582327199
catalogue key
4872906
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 158-169) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
William Tompson is Reader in Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Summaries
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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.<>William Tompson is Reader in Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.
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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. William Tompson is Reader in Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.
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The Soviet Union Under Brezhnev provides an accessible post-Soviet perspective on the history of the USSR from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. It challenges both the evil empire image of the USSR that was widespread in the early 1980s 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 1980s 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 Brezhnevs real political skills, as well as his faults, and to the systemic roots of many of the problems he faced. William Tompson is Reader in Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.
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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. William Tompson is Reader in Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Long 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.
Long Description
Virtually since it ended the Brezhnev era has been dismissed as an era of stagnation and corruption when not a great deal happened. Bill Tompson argues that historians can't simply dismiss twenty odd years of history of one of the world's leading powers. During this period the Soviet Union did undergo major social and economic changes and this account covers them in detail.   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. 
Long Description
Virtually since it ended the Brezhnev era has been dismissed as an era of stagnation and corruption when not a great deal happened. Bill Tompson argues that historians can't simply dismiss twenty odd years of history of one of the world's leading powers. During this period the Soviet Union did undergo major social and economic changes and this account covers them in detail. 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.
Main Description
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. William Tompson is Reader in Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Short Annotation
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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Chronologyp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Soviet Union at the End of the Khrushchev Erap. 3
The Fall of Nikita Khrushchevp. 3
The New Leadersp. 5
Soviet Society a Decade After Stalin's Deathp. 8
The Soviet Union and the World in 1964p. 9
Analysisp. 13
Leadership Politicsp. 15
High Politics and Brezhnev's Consolidation of Powerp. 15
Brezhnev as Politician: Mannequin or Machiavellian?p. 17
'Two Brezhnevs'?p. 20
The Soviet Elite in the Brezhnev Erap. 22
Policy-marking in the Brezhnev Erap. 26
Brezhnev as Policy-maker: From Consensus to Stagnation?p. 26
The Role of the Politburo and Secretariatp. 28
Taking Advice: Information, Institutions and Expertisep. 30
Policy-making in Practice: The Case of Arms Controlp. 33
Foreign Policy from Cuba to Helsinkip. 35
The Defence Build-up of the 1960sp. 35
Managing the Blocp. 36
War in Vietnam and US-Soviet Relationsp. 39
The Road to Superpower Detentep. 40
Chinap. 42
The Soviet Union and the Developing Worldp. 43
The Era of High Detentep. 47
From Helsinki to the Second Cold Warp. 50
Arms Control and Tradep. 50
Detente Under Strainp. 52
Chinap. 55
Afghanistanp. 56
Polandp. 58
Conflicting Expectations and the Failure of Detentep. 59
After Detentep. 61
Economic Policy Under Brezhnev and Kosyginp. 64
Soviet Industry Under the Kosygin Reforms and Afterp. 64
The Limits of Reformp. 67
Soviet Agriculture in the Brezhnev Erap. 69
Blind Spots in Economic Policy and the 'Obsession with Growth'p. 72
Economic Performancep. 75
Growth Performance Under Brezhnev and Kosyginp. 75
The Failure of the Centrally Planned Economyp. 78
Detente, Foreign Trade and the 'Scientific and Technical Revolution'p. 82
Living Standards and Household Welfarep. 83
Socio-economic and Demographic Changep. 86
Urbanisation and Educationp. 86
The 'Social Contract' Under Strainp. 88
Emerging Demographic Problemsp. 91
Nationalities Policy Under Brezhnevp. 93
Culture and Ideasp. 98
Culture High and Lowp. 99
The Crackdown on Dissentp. 103
The Changing Nature of Dissidencep. 105
Growing Room for 'Permitted Heterodoxy'p. 107
Assessmentp. 109
Brezhnev's Legacy to Gorbachevp. 111
Brezhnev's Twilightp. 111
The Andropov Interregnump. 113
The Chernenko Interludep. 115
State and Society at the End of the Brezhnev Erap. 117
Documentsp. 119
Glossaryp. 147
Who's Whop. 150
Guide to Further Readingp. 153
Bibliographyp. 158
Indexp. 170
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