Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (19 December 1906 – 10 November 1982) was the General Secretary of the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU),
presiding over the country from 1964 until his death in 1982. His eighteen-year term as General Secretary was second only to that of Joseph Stalin in length. During Brezhnev's rule, the global influence of the Soviet Union grew dramatically, in part because of the expansion of the Soviet military during
this time, but his tenure as leader has often been criticised for marking the beginning of an era of economic and social stagnation in which serious problems were overlooked, eventually leading to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
1. Introduction: What did the Brezhnev era consist of?
2. The Era of Stagnation or the high point of Soviet power and stability?
3. Soviet Union as a super power: treaties with the West.
4. Stagnation and a growing disbelief in a communist utopia.
5. Developed Socialism: a new stage towards communism. The gerontocracy and censorship.