Khrushchev’s Corn Campaign: In Dream and Reality

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2023-04

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Nustad, Kayla

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This paper is an analysis of the agricultural campaign run by Premier Nikita Khrushchev during his term leading the Soviet Union from 1953-1964. Khrushchev became enamored with the wild success of corn in the United States and was determined to prove the Soviet Union and its communist methods could reach the same levels of prosperity and even surpass those of the U.S. Though, it quickly became apparent that there were many issues within the Soviet system that impeded the crop’s ability to grow and prosper as it did in America. While the campaign did not bring the success it promised to the Soviet citizens, it depicts an interesting aspect of the competition between world powers during the Cold War that does not involve the arms race: agricultural prosperity.

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