History - important issues for Russia during Brezhnev s...

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important issues for Russia during Brezhnev s rule had to do with all of the revolutions occurring outside the country. While Brezhnev wanted to intervene in Socialist Hungary when the Communist leader János Kádár requested reform in the country, his peers were able to dissuade him from doing so. This went against the USSR s strict antireformist stance. Something similar happened in Socialist Poland as well. Brezhnev s rule was plagued by a lack of economic growth and his economic policies did little to change it. He would sporadically try to help the country s economy but there was a decline in productivity and labor shortage in the 60s and 70s that made it difficult. One example of an attempt was his reorganization of the Council of Ministries, which failed completely due to low employment, productivity, and technological advancement. Brezhnev very much encouraged industrial growth, which was fairly effective from 66- 70 but soon there were too few workers and the industrialism did not improve the country s economy. By the late 70s, the USSR s economy was as lacking as ever, very behind those of the West. The remnants of the Cold War were still costing the country, which influenced Brezhnev to encourage peace with the West. It was felt that this was the key to solving the country s economic problems.
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This note was uploaded on 05/19/2011 for the course HIS 39930 taught by Professor Ming during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas.

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