author={Detlef Pollack},
  journal={European Societies},
  pages={135 - 165}
  • Detlef Pollack
  • Published 1 January 2001
  • Political Science
  • European Societies
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Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Khrushchev: towards a new assault 3. Khrushchev: theory into practice 4. Brezhnev: facing up to new challenges 5. Brezhnev and after: combatting religion 6.