Daily Life in the Soviet Union (The Greenwood Press Daily by Katherine Eaton

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Information what usual lifestyles was once like through the amazing years of the reign of Soviet Union. Thirty-six illustrations, thematic chapters, a word list, timeline, annotated multimedia bibliography and specified index make it a valid place to begin for this robust nation's rapid previous.

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Khrushchev's widely known "secret speech" against Stalin at the same congress and his idea about "different roads" encouraged reformers in Soviet satellites to try to free themselves from Moscow's controls. His remarks had a direct bearing on riots that year in Poland and Hungary. In Poland, disclosures of corruption and brutality in its secret police pushed popular discontent to the surface. Some factory workers were killed in battles with police and soldiers. Near the point of sending in Soviet troops and setting off a catastrophic escalation, Khrushchev agreed to a number of concessions.

S. spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. Failure to force Western powers out of Berlin also got much public attention, especially the 1948-1949 blockade, thwarted by a great airlift of supplies into the city, and the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961, closing off the Soviet sector. The wall itself became a symbol of failure, a sign that people wanted to get out of the communist East. Most remarkable was Khrushchev's decision in 1962 to put nuclear missiles in Cuba. The United States responded with a naval blockade of the island, raising the threat of war between the two superpowers.

Take as advice, perhaps, the words of poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, and smother his own voice. During the NEP years, Soviet politics was far removed from the lives of most people, some 80 percent of whom were peasants. From the low point of 1921-1922 peasants increased their production rather substantially each year until 1927-1928. The upward trend was helped along at first by good weather conditions in 1922 and the marketing incentives introduced at the beginning of NEP. Other liberalizing policies followed.

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