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History Counts II

Harlan Ullman: A better understanding of history can at least mitigate exaggerating every crisis as the worst in our lifetimes.
Harlan Ullman

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.
By United Press International

Ukrainian president and European values

KIEV, Ukraine, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- When Viktor Yanukovych was elected president a lot of Ukrainians hoped that he had become more democratically minded. They were completely wrong.
YURIY LUKANOV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Qatar succession and the gulf's aging monarchies

DOHA, Qatar, June 26 (UPI) -- The handover of power by the emir of Qatar to his 33-year-old son is a rare occurrence among the Persian Gulf's aging ruler-for-life monarchs, but it could show them the way to go as they grapple with the turmoil of the Arab Spring that toppled four seemingly unassailable Arab leaders.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, June 22, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
By United Press International

The third Russian Revolution

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- Russia may be on a verge of a third revolution as political dissent and the suppression of those who disagree with Vladimir Putin, increase.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 26, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 12, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.
By United Press International
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Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev poses with Willy Brandt during a meeting in Bonn on November 25, 1981. Less than a year later Brezhnev was dead. Both men knew each other well having jointly signed in 1973 a “common declaration” for a lasting peace. (UPI Photo/Files)
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Brezhnev Era Death and funeral Legacy

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (Russian:  Леони́д Ильи́ч Бре́жнев​ (help·info), 19 December 1906 (O.S. 6 December) – 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 one of the longest, second only to that of Joseph Stalin. 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 a period of economic stagnation, overlooking serious economic problems which eventually led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Brezhnev was born in Kamenskoe into a Russian workers' family. After graduating from the Dniprodzerzhynsk Metallurgical Technicum he became a metallurgical engineer in the iron and steel industry, in Ukraine. He joined Komsomol in 1923 and, in 1929, became a member of the Communist Party, playing an active role in the party's affairs. He was drafted into immediate military service during World War II; he left the army in 1946 with the rank of Major General. In 1952 Brezhnev became a member of the Central Committee, and in 1964, Brezhnev succeeded Nikita Khrushchev as First Secretary; Alexei Kosygin succeeded Khrushchev in his post as Chairman of the Council of Ministers.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Leonid Brezhnev."
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