The Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991 / Edition 1

The Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991 / Edition 1

by David R. Marples
     
 

ISBN-10: 0582505992

ISBN-13: 9780582505995

Pub. Date: 02/23/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582505995
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/23/2004
Series:
Seminar Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,436,372
Product dimensions:
6.15(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the series
Acknowledgements
Maps
Chronology
Preface
Acronyms
Introduction1
Pt. 1Background7
1Gorbachev comes to power9
Pt. 2The years of Perestroika25
2Perestroika in action27
3The national question48
4Domestic politics, 1989 to mid-August 199165
5The Putsch and the collapse of the USSR82
Pt. 3Assessment99
6Why did the Soviet Union collapse?101
Pt. 4Documents111
Glossary138
Who's Who143
Guide to further reading147
References157
Index158

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