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The Nuclear Education of Nikita Khrushchev

Vladislav M. Zubok and Hope M. Harrison

in Cold War Statesmen Confront the Bomb

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198294689
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601538 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294689.003.0007
 The Nuclear Education of Nikita Khrushchev

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Khrushchev was the first Soviet leader to realize that nuclear bipolarity dictated permanent ’peaceful coexistence’ between two antagonistic social systems. Although he never abandoned the idea of the usability of nuclear weapons, he regarded them primarily as a positive force and was eager to use them in his gamble for peace – an attempt to negotiate a permanent truce with the US, which would have liberated Soviet resources for the construction of communism and the assistance of ’progressive’ movements and regimes around the world. Khrushchev had little doubt that behind the nuclear shield, the Soviet Union would win a peaceful economic competition with the capitalist camp.

Keywords: capitalism; communism; Nikita Khrushchev; nuclear weapons; peaceful coexistence; social systems; Soviet Union; USA

Chapter.  14075 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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