Economic Prosperity During The Soviet Union

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Economic prosperity was seen between the years of 1965 and 1985, however the division between Eastern and Western Europe still remained. Also, the disparities in prosperity remained as well. One of the countries that seen major political developments was the Soviet Union. The years of change seemed rather unlikely between 1964 and 1982 as Leonid Brezhnev became the man in charge. As his slogan was “no experimentation” he became the head of the state and the communist party in 1964. Even though he was optimistic and calm, the Brezhnev Doctrine, which stated that the Soviet Union had the right to intervene if socialism was a threatened in another state, led to Soviet Union troops being deployed in Czechoslovakia in 1968. The détente allowed…show more content…
Another problem for the Soviet’s was that a series of droughts, heavy rains, and early frosts forced the Soviet’s to buy grains from the West, particularly the United States. Nonetheless, by the 1970s, a ruling system that depended on patronage as a major avenue of advancement was created by the Soviet’s. Ten years later the system did not work as a declining economy led to an increase in mortality rates, a surge in alcoholism, and a deterioration in working conditions. Within the Communist Party there was a group of individuals who understood the real condition of the Soviet Union. Yuri Andropov was a member of this group who understood the condition of the Soviet Union, however with his deteriorating health, party leaders chose Gorbachev as the Party Secretary in 1985. His appointing of Gorbachev, allowed for a new era to begin. Another country that seen major political developments was the Eastern Europe. The attempt for the Poles and the Hungarians to gain freedom from Soviet domination in 1956 only seen problems. As Moscow could maintain control over its satellites in Eastern Europe by granting them leeway to adopt domestic policies appropriate to these conditions, the Soviet leaders began to recognize this fact. To make socialism more acceptable to their subject populations, as a result Eastern European Communist leaders adopted reform programs. Continued
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