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The Khrushchev Era

De-Stalinisation and the Limits of Reform in the USSR 1953–1964

  • Authors
  • Donald Filtzer
Textbook

Part of the Studies in European History book series (SEURH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Donald Filtzer
    Pages 1-5
  3. Donald Filtzer
    Pages 17-29
  4. Donald Filtzer
    Pages 30-37
  5. Donald Filtzer
    Pages 38-57
  6. Donald Filtzer
    Pages 58-76
  7. Donald Filtzer
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  8. Donald Filtzer
    Pages 82-84
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 85-92

About this book

Introduction

The Khrushchev Era examines the major political, social, and economic reforms of Nikita Khrushchev, from the 'Secret Speech' and Khrushchev's limited, but at the time earth-shattering critique of Stalin, to his ill-fated reorganizations of the Communist Party, agriculture, and industry. Besides giving a factual account of the reforms themselves, Filtzer analyses the complex factors behind their failure, focussing not so much on the inadequacies of Khrushchev as a leader, as on the structural obstacles to reform within the Stalinist system itself. As such the Khruschev period is shown to contain instructive historical lessons for our understanding of Mikhail Gorbachev and his own failed perestroika.

Keywords

communism reforms Stalin Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

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