© 1993

The Khrushchev Era

De-Stalinisation and the Limits of Reform in the USSR 1953–1964

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Part of the Studies in European History book series (SEURH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Donald Filtzer
    Pages 1-5
  3. Donald Filtzer
    Pages 17-29
  4. Donald Filtzer
    Pages 30-37
  5. Donald Filtzer
    Pages 38-57
  6. Donald Filtzer
    Pages 58-76
  7. Donald Filtzer
    Pages 77-81
  8. Donald Filtzer
    Pages 82-84
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 85-92

About this book


The Khrushchev Era examines the major political, social, and economic reforms of Nikita Khrushchev, from the 'Secret Speech' and Khrushchev's limited, but at the time earth-shattering critique of Stalin, to his ill-fated reorganizations of the Communist Party, agriculture, and industry. Besides giving a factual account of the reforms themselves, Filtzer analyses the complex factors behind their failure, focussing not so much on the inadequacies of Khrushchev as a leader, as on the structural obstacles to reform within the Stalinist system itself. As such the Khruschev period is shown to contain instructive historical lessons for our understanding of Mikhail Gorbachev and his own failed perestroika.


communism reforms Stalin Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Khrushchev Era
  • Book Subtitle De-Stalinisation and the Limits of Reform in the USSR 1953–1964
  • Authors Don Filtzer
  • Series Title Studies in European History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1993
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-58526-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-13076-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 104
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics European History
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