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The Topics include: Russia, Soviet Union, Cold War, Mikhail Gorbachev, Leonid Brezhnev, Communist Party, Glastnost, Perestroika, Central Planning, Democratization, INF Treaty, Ronald Reagan, Lithuania, Boris Yeltsin, The August Coup, Commonwealth of independent States, Shock Therapy, Chechnya, Vladimir Putin.
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McDougal Littel's World History: Patterns of Interaction
Perspectives On The Present
Struggles For Democracy
Chapter 35, Section 3 "The Collapse of The Soviet Union"
The Soviet Union Collapses
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Source: World History, Patterns of Interaction
Chapter 35, Section 3
Presenters Notes, Higher Order Questions, Concepts
The Collapse of The SOVIET UNION
Chapter 35 Section 3
The Cold War
-After WWII, the US and USSR engaged in the “Cold War”
-Competed for influence
-Soviets kept tight control over its’ people and Eastern Europe
To Make or Become Different
Gorbachev Moves Toward Democracy
-Politburo: ruling committee of the Communist Party; rules USSR harshly
-Leonid Brezhnev dies in 1982; two successors rule briefly
After Brezhnev, the Soviets had two leaders that were old and stale- much like the country had become. A new invigorating leader would come along after the two had passed away early in their rule. Gorbachev would bring new vitality and ideas to an aged empire!
-Leonid Brezhnev & The Politburo:
-Restricted Speech and Worship
A Young Leader
-Mikhail Gorbachev: becomes Soviet leader in 1984
-Young, energetic, skilled, wants to pursue new policies: Reformer!
-Unleashes a second Revolution!
Higher Order Question: What former Russian leader does Gorbachev remind you of? Explain Why
Peter the Great was constantly learning new skills and pursuing innovative technology. He was not content with the Status Quo.
Government control of all aspects of public and private life
1985: Glastnost Promotes Openness
-Soviet Union: Totalitarian State
-Discourages individuals from acting on their own
-To achieve economic reforms, he needs open dialogue in society
-Promotes new policy of Glastnost- Openness; dissent allowed
-Freedom of speech and openness allows:
-Citizens To complain:
-Few consumer goods
-Standing in line for basic items
Freedom of Speech
Higher Order Question: How Important is it in society?
Answer: Freedom of Speech allows for more interaction among people which in turn creates more innovation and new ideas.
Interaction among people creates Innovation
In this diagram we can see how interaction of people through trade helps create innovation and new ideas- in contrast to the closed authoritarian society of the Soviet Union.
Isolation Perpetuates Stagnation
The fear of arrest in the Soviet’s authoritarian government allowed little interaction
Reforming the economy and Politics
-People complain about a lack of consumer goods; Gorbachev blames the old system
-In 1985, he introduces Perestroika: policy of economic restructuring
-Hopes to make economy more efficient, productive
Gorbachev wants to stimulate the economy by introducing the free market in hopes of motivating people to increase production of consumer goods.
Party leaders make these decisions instead of Supply and Demand: No incentives.
In Central Planning, the government sets the amount that is to be produced in industrial production, the wages workers should receive and prices of goods sold.
Higher Order Question: What problems can be caused using the Central Planning System?
Answer: 1. Wages Stagnate: No incentive to work harder
2. Production is set: No incentive to improve quality or innovate.
Gradual Opening of the Political System
-In 1987, Gorbachev unveils plans to have more Democracy
-Voters, given a choice, elect many reformers to new legislature
-Gorbachev signs arms control agreement with the United States
-INF (Intermediate Range Nuclear Weapons) Treaty
-Banned missiles with a range of 300-3,400 miles.
Arms Race Leads To Arms Control
-President Reagan began the most expensive peace time build-up in history
-2 Trillion Dollars
-Gorbachev knew they could not afford to keep up.
The Soviet Union Faces Turmoil
-The policies meant to reform the country lead to it’s break up.
Ethnic Make-Up of the Soviet Union
15% East Slavs
Higher Order Question: What conclusion can you draw from the Pie Chart?
Answer: Ethnic Russians barely make up the majority of the Soviet Union.
Data from 1989 Soviet Census, Ethnic groups were identified as groups of 1,000 or more.
The Baltic States
-Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were independent states between WWI & WWII
-In 1940, The Soviet Union, under Stalin annexed them.
In 1940 Stalin used the Non Aggression Pact with Hitler to annex The Baltic states along with Finland and half of Poland.
Lithuania Defies Gorbachev
-In 1990, Lithuania declares independence
-Gorbachev, fearing similar actions in other republics, sends troops and blockades Lithuania
-Soviet Troops attacked unarmed civilians in the capital.
14 people were killed by Soviet forces and hundreds wounded.
Yeltsin Denounces Gorbachev
-Reformer Boris Yeltsin rallies people against Communist old guard
-Gorbachev was weakened by Lithuanian Crackdown and slow pace of reform.
-Old time Communists oppose both Gorbachev and Yeltsin
The August Coup
-On August 18th 1991, Communist Hard Liners try to seize control of the government again
-Hundreds of tanks roll into Moscow
-Thousands of protesters and Yeltsin rally against this move
-Army refuses to attack protesters and coup fails
Gorbachev is arrested at his Black Sea vacation home and told to resign.
Higher Order Question: Doe this story sound familiar?
Answer: The 1917 March Revolution: Soldiers ordered to fire on protestors but then side with them.
End of the Soviet Union
Despite Gorbachev’s pleas for unity, the Soviet Union Comes apart.
-Gorbachev wants to reform the Soviet Union, but reforms lead to collapse
-Non Russian ethnic groups rebel in different republics
End of The Soviet Union
-Government takes actions to punish Communist Party for the coup
-Many republics declare independence; Gorbachev cannot stop them-resigns
-Republics form a federation, CIS- Commonwealth of Independent states
Russia Under Boris Yeltsin
Yeltsin Faces Problems
-Yeltsin aims to reform the Russian Economy
-Tries “Shock Therapy”- quick transition to free market system
-New policies bring economic chaos and hardship, political troubles
-Russia slides into a deep depression
Higher Order Question: What is the difference between an recession and a depression?
Answer: Recession: A slow down in economic activity, Depression: A sustained long term slow down in economic activity.
Economic Problems Fuel a Crisis
-Lower Standard of Living
Trouble In Chechnya
In 1991, this small province declared its’ independence
-1994- Yeltsin attempts to crush rebellion, sends 40,000 troops to the Capital Grozny
-The Capital was reduced to rubble, causing unrest at home.
-As conflict continues in 1999, Yeltsin resigns in favor of Vladimir Putin
Chechnya’s population was mostly Muslim. In 1996 Yeltsin and the Chechyn Rebels signed a cease fire. After the election the fighting broke out again.
Russia under Vladimir Putin
Troubles Continue In Chechnya
-Putin promises to crush the rebels- wins presidential election
-Fighting drags on in Chechnya for years
-In 2002, Chechen Rebels seize theater in Moscow, 150 die
Economic Political and Social Problems
-Economic problems continue, leading to unstable politics
-Social problems include homelessness, unemployment
-Declines in population, standard of living and average life expectancy
Between 30,000 and 50,000 homeless children wandered the streets of Moscow.
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