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The Limits of DetenteThe United States, the Soviet Union, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1969-1973$
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Craig Daigle

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300167139

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300167139.001.0001

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The Contradictions of Leonid Brezhnev, March–October 1973

The Contradictions of Leonid Brezhnev, March–October 1973

(p.261) Eight The Contradictions of Leonid Brezhnev, March–October 1973
The Limits of Detente

Craig Daigle

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Soviet general secretary Leonid Brezhnev, perceived as a little more than an “apparatchik,” a Communist party man, who was an able administrator and bureaucrat but who lacked a strong personality that would make possible effective and dynamic leadership. In fact, few outside observers believed that he would emerge as Khrushchev's successor. For most of his first years in power, Brezhnev worked quietly behind the walls of the Kremlin supervising the military industrial complex and outer space projects in an effort to achieve strategic arms parity with the United States, while the role of leading Soviet statesman fell to Premier Alexei Kosygin. It was Kosygin who helped broker the ceasefire between India and Pakistan in 1965, avoiding a major war on the subcontinent, and two years later met with President Johnson at Glassboro, New Jersey, in the wake of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Keywords:   apparatchik, Leonid Brezhnev, Communist party man, Khrushchev, strategic arms parity, United States, Premier Alexei Kosygin, President Johnson, Arab-Israeli war

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