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Soviet Union During the Cold War. Different Historical Perspectives. Soviet Expansionism Security Perception vs. Reality Paranoia of West always prevalent Stalin’s New Elites. Stalin’s Death. Stalin dies in 1953 Stalin’s Legacy: Establishment of Totalitarianism

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Different historical perspectives
Different Historical Perspectives

  • Soviet Expansionism

  • Security

  • Perception vs. Reality

  • Paranoia of West always prevalent

  • Stalin’s New Elites


Stalin s death
Stalin’s Death

  • Stalin dies in 1953

  • Stalin’s Legacy:

  • Establishment of Totalitarianism

  • New Elites in government

  • Polarization of Politics


Khrushchev
Khrushchev

  • Emerges as leader by 1955

  • In power until 1964

  • De-Stalinization

  • Relations with Chinese break down

  • Cuban missile crisis

  • Opposition in government to Khrushchev’s reforms


Brezhnev
Brezhnev

  • Tries to undo Khrushchev-reforms

  • Western influence seeping into Soviet Union

  • Stagnant Period

  • 1968, Czechoslovakia invasion

  • 1968, Afghanistan

  • Black Market and youth culture



Andropov
Andropov

  • 1982-1984

  • Tries to reign in people

  • Arrests politicians

  • Dies in 1984 in office


Gorbachev
Gorbachev

  • Attacks ‘era of stagnation’

  • Criticizes Brezhnev

  • Radical atmosphere

  • Economic reform

  • Return power to the people


Fall of soviet union
Fall of Soviet Union

  • August 1991, Coup

  • Yeltsin gathers progressive forces

  • Legacy of Gorbachev

  • December 25, 1991, Soviet Union dissolved

  • Yeltsin officially elected President of Russian Federation

  • Oligarchs and oil barons replace Communist Elites and K.G.B.

Oligarchs and powerful elites become the controlling puppeteers of Post-Soviet Russia


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