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1

When did Stalin die?

March 1953

2

Who was part of the collective leadership that took over after Stalin's death?

Georgi Malenkov
Vyacheslav Molotov
Nikolai Bulganin
Nikita Khrushchev

3

How did the collective leadership attempt to reform the Stalinist soviet system?

ending the cult of Stalin
reforming the secret police - renamed as KGB
arresting and executing Beria
following a new course economic policy which placed greater emphasis on producing consumer goods

4

When was the Khrushchev's secret speech?

February 1956

5

What happened in the secret speech?

lasted 6 hours
denounced Stalin's reign of terror
Attacked:
Stalin's cult of personality
Stalin's use of purges
Stalin taking full control of the communist party

6

What did the secret speech NOT condemn?

the one party state
the centralised economic system
the collectivisation of agriculture
the existence of the secret speech

7

What phrase did Khrushchev use to describe his regime?

Socialism with a human face

8

What is peaceful coexistence?

believed the superpowers had to accept each others existence