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Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991

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Why did the Soviet Union collapse in 1991?The collapse of the Soviet Union has widely been seen as the result of the arms race an... Weiterlesen
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Why did the Soviet Union collapse in 1991?The collapse of the Soviet Union has widely been seen as the result of the arms race and Cold War, and the failure of the Soviet side to keep pace with new technology. This book argues that the disintegration was mainly a result of two interrelated factors: the rise of the Soviet national republics, and the manipulation of the new Russian presidency by Boris Yeltsin in what became a direct power struggle between Yeltsin and the Soviet leader, Gorbachev.Written in a clear and accessible manner, the book provides:an explanation of how the national question came to dominate Soviet politics by 1990-1 analysis of the economic crisis that occurred in the late 1980s a chapter devoted to the year 1991, from the referendum to reform the Soviet Union to the unforeseen dissolution of the country by December a discussion of the personalities of and political confrontation between the two key statesman: Gorbachev and Yeltsin Also containing a Chronology, Glossary and Who's Who of key figures, The Collapse of the Soviet Union is essential reading for students of twentieth century European history.


David R. Marples is Professor of History at the University of Alberta.


INTRODUCTION PART ONE: BACKGROUND 1. GORBACHEV COMES TO POWER Political Overview Glasnost Social, Environmental, and Nuclear Power Issues PART TWO: THE YEARS OF PERESTROIKA 2. THE ECONOMY AND FOREIGN POLICY The Economy, 1985-90 Acceleration and Anti-Alcohol Campaigns Coal Miners' Strike Economic Reform Programmes Stagnation The Pavlov Programme Foreign Policy Ideology and Propaganda Arms Control Architects of Soviet Foreign Policy Eastern Europe Ending the Cold War 3. THE NATIONAL QUESTION The Submerged Dilemma Nagorno-Katabakh The Baltic States Georgia, Ukraine, and Belarus The Plenum on National Policy, September 1989 4. DOMESTIC POLITICS, 1989-MID-AUGUST 1991 The Congress of People's Deputies and New Presidency The 28th Party Congress and Aftermath The Referendum of 17 March 1991 Toward a New Union Treaty 5. THE PUTSCH AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR The Putsch, 18-21 August 1991 Administrative Changes The Failure of the Union Treaty Yeltsin Consolidates His Power The Belavezha Agreement PART THREE: ASSESSMENT 6. WHY DID THE SOVIET UNION COLLAPSE? PART FOUR: DOCUMENTS Chronology Glossary Who's Who Guide to Further Reading


Titel: Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991
EAN: 9781317869986
ISBN: 978-1-317-86998-6
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Taylor & Francis
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 192
Veröffentlichung: 17.09.2016
Jahr: 2016
Untertitel: Englisch