Hoeffding, Oleg
April 1959
Foreign Affairs;Apr1959, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p394
The article focuses on political leader Nikita Khrushchev's report on new Seven Year Plan for 1959 to 1965. The report is a package remarkable for both its content and its vivid wrapping. The hard content was provided by the data on past economic achievements of the Soviet Union, which Khrushchev reviewed, as well as by what he revealed of his economic program for the seven years ahead. On both counts he had an impressive story to tell. In the 1950's, the Soviet record of industrial expansion, scientific advance and technological accomplishment has been a startling one. Yet Khrushchev was not content to let the record and the economic blueprint for the future speak for themselves. Instead, he turned his report into a political manifesto, and garnished it with propagandist embellishment unusually heavy even for Soviet documents of this kind. If Khrushchev's past economic record could well have spoken for itself, his preview of further advances to be made by 1965 and beyond, traced out a program also impressive enough, on its own merits, to cheer his followers and to force the West to take thoughtful notice of the dimensions which the Soviet economic challenge is likely to assume within the coming decade.


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