Key elements that led to the disintegration of the USSR

20th Century Russian History

by Dr Edwin Bacon. Produced by Simon Brown, 12th August 2015

Nationalism and Glasnost

In this podcast Dr Edwin Bacon of Birkbeck University of London discusses the USSR from 1982-1991 and the key elements that led to the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

1. Introduction.
2. Long term factors.
3. A systemic approach: the system was not open to reform.
4. Circumstantial factors and political transformation. The dissolution of the Soviet Union.
5. The Rise of Yeltsin. Russian politics as opposed to Soviet politics.
6. Conclusion.


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