Post-Soviet Culture Essay by writingsensation

Post-Soviet Culture
An examination of how the individual states coped as individual nations after the collapse of the USSR with a focus on the Ukraine and Estonia.
# 68547 | 1,100 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Aug 25, 2006 in European Studies (Collapse of the Soviet Empire)

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The dissolution of the USSR was a traumatic event for all fifteen nations. They suffered significantly both militarily and economically. This paper examines how Ukraine turned towards ethnic nationalism as a means of finding some semblance of structure in their new lives as an independent nation. It also looks at how Estonia too turned to ethnic nationalism and instituted an unprecedented level of religious freedom where a state church no longer existed.

Aspects of the Post-Soviet Experience that are Common to All 15 Countries:
Distinctive Experiences in Two Countries in Two Different Regions:
The Ukraine

From the Paper:

"Working under the auspices of "shock therapy", Soviet-era price controls were removed. This was instituted in hopes of luring goods back into the severely under stocked stores found throughout the Russian Federation. Hyperinflation ensued and much of Russian industry was near bankrupt. Entrepreneurs and black marketers thrived, while those on fixed incomes, like the elderly suffered. Stabilization in the form of tight monetary policies sought to counter this, but ended up causing widespread hardship, as many of the state enterprises found themselves without product orders and without funding. A protracted depression ensued across the Federation ("History")."

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