Nikita Khrushchev: The Red Tsar

Nikita Khrushchev: The Red Tsar

The History Channel  |  September 15, 2018

An ardent Stalinist for many years, it was nevertheless Khrushchev who put an end to his predecessor's terror. He desires a peaceful accommodation of the contending systems (of global order) and he brings the world to the edge of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He builds the Berlin Wall. He is a reformer who is defeated both by the system and by himself. What remains is the memory of a shoe he pounded on a table during a UN General Assembly session. Stalin's terror, World War II, de-Stalinisation and the gravest crises of the Cold War - all this is closely entwined with Nikita Khrushchev.

An ardent Stalinist for many years, it was nevertheless Khrushchev who put an end to his predecessor's terror. He desires a peaceful accommodation of the contending systems (of global order) and he brings the world to the edge of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He builds the Berlin Wall. He is a reformer who is defeated both by the system and by himself. What remains is the memory of a shoe he pounded on a table during a UN General Assembly session. Stalin's terror, World War II, de-Stalinisation and the gravest crises of the Cold War - all this is closely entwined with Nikita Khrushchev.

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