In the years 1955-1962, Nikita Khrushchev was genuinely committed to peaceful coexistence. Assess the validity of this view.

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There has been much debate over whether Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the USSR from 1953 to 1964, genuinely believed in peaceful coexistence in the years 1955-1962. On the one hand, there is a belief that Khrushchev’s eagerness to improve diplomatic relations with the USA showed that he was committed, whilst others believe his aggressive tactics in situations proved that he only wanted to implement peaceful coexistence when it suited him. It is clear that Khrushchev was genuinely committed to peaceful coexistence, with the increased summits and conferences, as well as the construction of the Berlin Wall evidence that he was resigned to being equal in power to America.

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