The Collapse of the Soviet Union Essay by Master Researcher

The Collapse of the Soviet Union
An analysis of the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union.
# 88550 | 1,575 words | 3 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Political Science (Communism) , Political Science (Non-U.S.) , History (Russian)

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There is a general consensus among historians that the collapse of the Soviet Union could not have been averted because of the inherent economic, political, and social flaws of the communist system. Ultimately, these flaws proved to be fatal, despite the efforts of Mikhail Gorbachev to reform communism through glasnost and perestroika between 1985 and 1991. More than seventy years of communist political oppression, CPSU corruption, mismanagement of the economy, and massive military spending had totally and irrevocably destroyed the legitimacy of communism in the USSR by 1991, and its collapse was inevitable. This paper looks at the historical, economic, political and sociological reasons that contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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