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The Political Future

  • Peter Peeters

Abstract

Ever since the late 1930s the USSR has been attempting to become a first-rank power. The present generation of Soviet leaders, composed of people who on average are well over sixty, grew up while the country was striving for power and recognition, and was deeply marked by it. Under Brezhnev the Soviets have finally completed their rise on the scene of world politics: the present leaders have indeed turned the country into a military and economic power. Having achieved what they set out to do, and holding the power, the leaders naturally incline towards immobility and reject both internal and external changes. They tend to become conservative and only make concessions when they are forced to, so that reforms necessarily lag far behind the expectations of the people. Like all domïnating classes or institutions that have preceded them in history, they have been overtaken by current events and by the new ideas and desires of a large part of the population.

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Capita Income Foreign Policy Arab Country East Asian Country Soviet Leader 
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© Peter Peeters 1979

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