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 for Brezhnev to benefit due to the relaxed atmosphere. This relaxed atmosphere came as a result to the external security obtained from the rough parity from the United States in the nuclear arms race. Also, this relaxation allowed for more Western styles of dress, art, and music to be permitted, while dissenters still being punished. During this time, the industrial production of iron, steel, coal, and cement surpassed the United States, while overall production decreased. However, there were two major problems that the Soviet’s faced. One of the problems was that the Soviet’s insisted on vigorous central planning led to a huge, complex, bureaucracy that discouraged efficiency and reduced productivity. Also, the Soviet’s government, which…
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