The Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations - Vol. 2

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Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeyevich (1894–1971). Soviet dictator. Prime minister of Ukraine, 1944–1947; first secretary of the Soviet Union, 1953–1964; premier, 1958–1964. His first wife died in a great post-Revolution famine, 1921–1923. One son died in combat as a pilot during World War II; another moved to the United States after the end of the Cold War and became an American citizen. Khrushchev helped depose and execute Beria during the succession struggle that followed Stalins death in 1953. He pursued limited de-Stalinization after making a secret speech to the twentieth Congress of the Communist Party denouncing Stalin in February 1956. That was a brave policy, but it did not spring from a liberal conscience: that was quickly proved when he ordered in tanks to crush the Hungarian Uprising. Rather, denouncing the dead tyrant enabled Khrushchev to take control of the Party by moving his own supporters into positions from which he purged (though at least no longer liquidated, as Stalin surely would have) his opponents. Khrushchev was first among equals in the Politburo by 1957, and he thereafter moved to partially reform Soviet socialism. He did so because he understood that if it could not compete materially with the West it would eventually lose support even among loyal Communists. And he hoped to improve relations with the United States, in part so that he could cut Soviet military expenditures, which

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  • Title Page iv
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  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xxi
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