By William J. Tompson
The Soviet Union less than Brezhnev provides an available post-Soviet point of view at the heritage of the USSR from the mid-1960’s to the mid-1980’s. It demanding situations either the ‘evil empire’ snapshot of the USSR that used to be frequent within the early 1980’s and the ‘stagnation’ label hooked up to the interval by way of Soviet reformers less than Gorbachev.
The ebook uses a number of memoirs, interviews, archival files and different assets no longer on hand earlier than 1990 to put Brezhnev and his epoch in a broader ancient context. The author:
examines excessive politics, overseas coverage and coverage making
explores broader social, cultural and demographic trends
provides an image of Soviet society within the the most important a long time ahead of the upheavals and crises of the overdue 1980’s
While preventing good wanting a full-scale rehabilitation of Brezhnev, Tompson rejects the existing snapshot of the Soviet chief as a colourless non-entity, drawing consciousness to Brezhnev’s actual political talents, in addition to his faults, and to the systemic roots of a number of the difficulties he faced.