Contradictions in the social sphere during the period of stagnation
What is the period of stagnation?
Characteristics of the period
Contradictions in the social sphere
Results and significance of the period of stagnation
Some interesting photos
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Contradictions in the social sphere during the period of stagnation

1. Contradictions in the social sphere during the period of stagnation

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2. What is the period of stagnation?

It is generally accepted that this stage in
the development of the Soviet state
began with the coming to power of a
new general secretary. His name was
Brezhnev Leonid Ilyich. He appeared on
this post unexpectedly, because of the
voluntary and compulsory retirement of
the "reformer" N.S. Khrushchev in the
early 60’s. of the last century.
The period of stagnation is a period in
the development of the Soviet Union,
which is characterized by the relative
stability of all spheres of life, the
absence of serious political and
economic shocks and the growth of the
well-being of citizens.
On average, the years of the stagnation
period from 1964 to 1986 can be
conditionally indicated.

3. Characteristics of the period

Unlike the formidable Stalin, Leonid Ilich was distinguished by the softness
of character and the lack of desire for extraordinary social
transformations. During his reign, ordinary Soviet citizens were much less
afraid of the authorities, often discussed the problems of socialist society
in family conversations in their kitchens, and awaited changes.
As a whole, stagnation is a special period in the history of the USSR. On
the one hand, this era was characterized by stability and tranquility in
social terms. On the other hand, Soviet people increasingly thought
about the fact that the capitalist world also has its advantages, and
dreamed of leaving abroad. A special myth was created that the
Western man as a whole lives much better and more comfortable than a
citizen of the USSR.
As in any historical period, the Brezhnev era has its advantages and

4. Advantages

Stable development of spheres of
culture, art, education, science,
mass building.
It was in the Brezhnev era that many people
were able to obtain long-awaited individual
apartments. Active construction of new
microdistricts, simultaneously with which
kindergartens, polyclinics, schools, palaces of
children's creativity were put in operation. The
system of education was developing,
universities were opened. Every young man
who came from the remote area and
possesses a minimum amount of money,
could enter a prestigious university, if he had
the ability and knowledge. Also, medical care
was available to a wide range of people.
Both education and medicine were really


The state provided social
guarantees to its citizens. So,
everyone could get a job to
provide for themselves and
their family. Strict censorship
of the media made it possible
to control the flow of
information, so it was
generally positive. The military
might of the USSR made it
possible to keep opponents
of our state in check and not
wait for an attack from

6. Disadvantages

Life in the period of stagnation was complicated by the fact that ordinary
citizens lacked consumer goods - clothing and household items, as well as some
foodstuffs were in short supply. This happened in the field of food because many
villagers left for cities and didn’t want to work on collective farms. Since the
repressive system of the USSR significantly reduced its pressure, the authorities
could not prevent such relocation.


in the shops for the most
necessary. Deficiency was the norm of life
of a simple Soviet consumer.


The military industry and military technologies were actively
developing, but the spheres that led to the emergence of
technical innovations in the West: video recorders, players
and other goods, did not progress. This circumstance aroused
an increased interest in the products of the capitalist world on
the part of Soviet people.


Party leaders, not
updated by new
people, grew old. In
fact, it began to
represent a closed clan,
where ordinary capable
managers could not get
into it, everything was
decided by ties: they
gave a high social
status, and received
special benefits and
rights in Soviet society.


The ideas of socialism and communism
gradually declined, most citizens lost faith in
these ideals and were waiting for the renewal of
the ideological component of life.

11. Contradictions in the social sphere

Despite the fact that the further development of the economy caused fears,
the ordinary life of citizens has improved significantly, welfare has increased.
Many citizens of the USSR had the opportunity to improve their living
conditions in one way or another, many became owners of good cars and
other quality items.
However, along with the growth of the well-off population, there has been
an increase in the number of poor, but this has not yet reached catastrophic
proportions, since food products have been relatively cheap. On average,
an ordinary Soviet citizen began to live much better compared to previous
Equalization is a wage policy in which income does not depend on the
results of labor. Neither to dismiss a bad employee, nor to adequately
encourage a good one was impossible. A young specialist, regardless of his
abilities, began his career with 120 rubles. per month.

12. Results and significance of the period of stagnation

Unfortunately, despite the fact that during these
years the country was very measured and stable,
the economy experienced processes that struck
the life of the USSR in the future. With the fall in the
price of oil, all the stagnant phenomena were
revealed and it became clear that during the
period of stability the economy turned into a
backward one and could no longer support the
state only on its own. A difficult period of
perestroika began.

13. Some interesting photos






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