Soviet policy under Khrushchev
- Khrushchev emerged as a Soviet leader in 1955.
- Malenkov was removed from Soviet leadership after the failure of his policies in East Germany.
- His personality played a big part in the development of the Cold War.
- His temperament was unpredictable and was known for his sudden explosions of anger.
- He didn't always consult colleagues or think through policies and had a tendancy to make wild claims about the scale of the USSR's nuclear arsenal.
- His erratic nature and crude manner of expression led to an attempt to remove him from the leadership in 1957.
- Eisenhower recognised that Khrushchev was under pressure from the Soviet government to stand up to the US.
- Krushchev agreed with Malenkov that the USSR's primary aim must be to revitalise the economy.
- This along with his belief in peaceful coexistence had massive implications for the conduct of foreign policy including cuts in the defence budget.
- This created problems with some Kremlin hardliners and also with leaders of the…
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