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Faculty Mentors

Amy Burt

Abstract

When Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev set sail for the United States from Kaliningrad on September 9, 1960, along with other representatives of many other European socialist republics, nobody in the Soviet Union could imagine that two weeks later the leader they so much adored would be banging his shoe on the podium. Such conduct gave rise to absolutely controversial reactions around the world ranging from bewildered condemnation to thrilling delight and put the Soviet vozhd, the Russian word for leader or chieftain, in the center of international politics. Needless to say that the first kind of attitude was significantly more wide-spread than the latter, and even the Russians did not appreciate this behavior.

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