Brezhnev Reconsidered

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E. Bacon, M. Sandle
Springer, Oct 11, 2002 - History - 233 pages
Leonid Brezhnev was leader of the Soviet Union for almost two decades when it was at the height of its powers. This book is a long overdue reappraisal of Brezhnev the man and the system over which he ruled. By incorporating much of the new material available in Russian, it challenges the received wisdom about the Brezhnev years, and provides a fascinating insight into the life and times of one of the twentieth century's most neglected political leaders.
 

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Contents

1 Reconsidering Brezhnev
1
2 Brezhnev as Leader
22
3 Economic Growth and Slowdown
38
Policy and Response
68
5 Brezhnev and Superpower Relations
90
The Third World
110
7 A Triumph of Ideological Hairdressing? Intellectual Life in the Brezhnev Era Reconsidered
135
The Ideology of Zastoi?
165
9 The Roots of Perestroika
188
10 Brezhnev Reconsidered
203
Bibliography
218
Index
228
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MIKE BOWKER Lecturer, University of East Anglia, Norwich BEN FOWKES Previously, Senior Lecturer in History, University of North London JOHN GOODING Reader in History, University of Edinburgh MARK HARRISON Professor of Economics, University of Warwick IAN D. THATCHER Senior Lecturer in Modern Russian History, University of Leicester MARK WEBBER Senior Lecturer in Politics, Department of European Studies, Loughborough University

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