Increased Military Spending During the Cold War Brought Stagnation to the Economy

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The increase in military spending is another argument that caused stagnation in the Soviet Union during the period. Brezhnev spent huge amount of money in the defense sector and according to Blanchard & Froot et al. (1994) the share of defense spending in GNP was 12% in 1960-70, and increased by 4% in 1975-80 to 16%, even though the country was is deep economic crisis. Brezhnev increased military spending each year; even as the country needed the spending in other “important” sectors, to boots the growth of the country, and caused low-level of economic development. Brezhnev increased the spending specifically on nuclear materials production plants, compared to weapons. During this time in history both the superpower, USA and Soviet Union …show more content…

The doctrine made it possible for the country to intervene in another socialist state (any Eastern Bloc nation), internal affairs when the state social system and the states' common interests were threatened. In early 1968 began the Czechoslovak Communist Party under the leadership of Alexander Dubček to introduce a series of reforms, including the abolition of censorship (, 2014). In response to these efforts, the Soviet Union launched a policy to combat "anti-socialist forces" (Wilde, 2014). The doctrine was first used in 1968 when the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia to end the “Prague Spring “(Fordham, 2014). The outcome of the invasion by the Soviet Union made Czechoslovakia go back to communist control, “even if it meant a third world war” (BBC, 2014). Mikhail Gorbachev's government denounced the Brezhnev doctrine in the late of Soviet Union’s life.
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