Perestroika Essay by The Research Group

An analysis of Gorbachev's efforts to reform the Soviet Union and reasons this policy will not succeed. Includes damage done to political, ideological and economic base of nation.
# 19131 | 2,475 words | 10 sources | 1991 | US
Published on Mar 03, 2003 in European Studies (The Cold War Period 1945-1985)

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"This study will examine the flaws in perestroika, and the reasons that it will not survive as a viable policy in the Soviet Union. Specifically, the study will examine the reasons that the haphazard reforms initiated by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev under perestroika have damaged the political, ideological, and economic base in the Soviet Union. Gorbachev's efforts with respect to perestroika have been based on the recognition that the old Soviet system simply was no longer viable.

As we read in Doder and Branson, "The Soviet system had been perpetuating the worst features of imperial Russia, enforcing a uniformity and obedience that spawned passivity and a lack of social and civic responsibility. The system, in effect, had turned Russia into a country of 'political illiterates,' as one Gorbachev aide put it. Gorbachev wanted to restructure the..."

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