Glasnost and Democratization Essay by Professor Victor Verb

Glasnost and Democratization
An analysis of Mikhail Gorbachev's Glasnost and democratization under Boris Yeltsin.
# 64692 | 2,518 words | 10 sources | APA | 2004 | US

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The end of the Cold War found Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin seeking solutions for problems that needed to be solved. Their attempts to reform the socialist state are reviewed in this paper, followed by a summary of the research in the conclusion.
Review and Discussion
Background and Overview
Gorbachev's Glasnost
Yeltsin and Democratization

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"In many ways, Mikhail Gorbachev came to power during a period in Soviet history where things had been going downhill for some time, and the Old Guard was dying off; however, the primary catalyst for reform during Gorbachev period of glasnost, or "openness," was one of economics. For example, in their book, Glasnost, Perestroika and the Socialist Community, Bukowski and Walsh (1990) report that, "The impetus for reform in the Soviet Union came from a number of directions, but the factor of fundamental importance was the economic one. Gorbachev's economic reforms are meant to revitalize a stagnant Soviet economy that has been growing at only about 2 percent annually for a decade. The reasons for the slowdown are partly internal and structural, and partly external." "

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