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Khrushchev: The Years in Power
This portrait by two noted Soviet authors and dissidents of Nikita Khrushchev's years in power reveals the former leader of the Soviet Union as a decisive, even impetuous, innovator, a side of him little known before in the West. Khrushchev emerges as a man impatient to destroy Stalinism, to remedy defects in the Soviet system, and to solve the problems of Soviet agricultu ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 17th 1978 by W. W. Norton Company
(first published 1976)
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Roy Medvedev’s Khrushchev may not be the seminal or best-known biography of the Soviet leader, but it is one of the earliest and has considerable merit as a contemporary Soviet perspective. Although written by a dissident (with the aid of his exiled twin brother Zhores), this biography is not scathing or even particularly critical and undertakes a genuine attempt to engage its subject within the context of the circumstances that he faced. In fact, one might argue that the author could have been ...more
Throughout my studies of Nationalism in the Soviet Union, it's pretty standard practice to say that it was a "bad" thing that Russian was foisted onto the nationalities as the language of business and education. This is the only book I've read, where, when these restrictions were loosened by Krushchev were loosened in the 60s, that universal Russian was a good thing. Pg. 145 - "For example, the relaxation of the single language...many scientific journals thorughout the Union Republics were publi ...more