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Soviet Union During the Cold War

Soviet Union During the Cold War

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Soviet Union During the Cold War

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  1. Soviet Union During the Cold War

  2. Different Historical Perspectives • Soviet Expansionism • Security • Perception vs. Reality • Paranoia of West always prevalent • Stalin’s New Elites

  3. Stalin’s Death • Stalin dies in 1953 • Stalin’s Legacy: • Establishment of Totalitarianism • New Elites in government • Polarization of Politics

  4. 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

  5. Brezhnev • Tries to undo Khrushchev-reforms • Western influence seeping into Soviet Union • Stagnant Period • 1968, Czechoslovakia invasion • 1968, Afghanistan • Black Market and youth culture

  6. Youth Culture Challenged Soviet Union

  7. Andropov • 1982-1984 • Tries to reign in people • Arrests politicians • Dies in 1984 in office

  8. Gorbachev • Attacks ‘era of stagnation’ • Criticizes Brezhnev • Radical atmosphere • Economic reform • Return power to the people

  9. 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