Great post, really informative and interesting to read these primary sources. After realising that the invasion of Czechoslovakia was seen rather negatively by the world Brezhnev moved towards following a line of detente in the Cold War. The hot-line between Moscow and Washington, established after the Cuban Missile Crisis was to improve relations. The nuclear test ban treaty also aided this issue. This invasion was a step in the wrong direction and became the last event that would worsen relations until the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
The USA was certainly damaged by its involvement in Vietnam. The shift from Europe to the Third World was an interesting one. The spheres of influence were settled fairly early in Europe. Arguably much interest in the Third World between the two superpowers was due to oil. Like the arms race and the space race, the same happened for oil, particularly in the middle east.
Interesting that Gagarin could be linked to the anti-religious movements which also occurred at this time. Good spot!
Interesting how the Soviet Union wanted to be made up of proletariats but was unable to accomadate them over four decades after the revolution.
Great picture to choose! There certainly was a need to reform agriculture, considering Russia and the USSR’s past with famine problems in the winter.
Nice post. I particularly liked reading that Gagarin was essentially an advert for the chances the Soviet people had under the influence of communism. The USSR must have had a great reputation after this but it may have been affected by them having to erect the Berlin Wall in 1961, the same year, in the GDR to stop the flow of people wanting to leave the nation.
So interesting to hear that the USSR had superiority in this field before the USA. I guess the first man on the moon in 1969 out-shadows this achievement in general knowledge history.
Good post, succinctly covers the topic well, very informative. Dubcek facilitated a process that would have ultimately had the potential to lead to the demise of communism in Czechoslovakia. The question of a multi-party state arose, concessions allowing openness and debates about this naturally worried the Soviet Union. This was the last time the USSR invaded one of their satellite states for the remainder of the Cold War.
Nicely written post, enjoyable to read and set out well. The rise of China as a potential superpower, following a different strand of communism meant it was even more likely the two would conflict. A tri-polar world was emerging, each superpower used their relation with the other to gain concessions from the other. This is explains the USA’s rapprochement with China in the 1970s after the Sino-Soviet split.
Interesting post, The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow was destroyed by Stalin in 1931 as part of anti-religious movements. This factor was clearly an issue for many decades.