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Cold War Statesmen Confront the BombNuclear Diplomacy Since 1945$
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John Gaddis, Philip Gordon, Ernest May, and Jonathan Rosenberg

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294689

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0198294689.001.0001

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The Nuclear Education of Nikita Khrushchev

The Nuclear Education of Nikita Khrushchev

(p.141) 7 The Nuclear Education of Nikita Khrushchev
Cold War Statesmen Confront the Bomb

Vladislav M. Zubok

Hope M. Harrison

Oxford University Press

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

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