The Collapse of the Soviet Empire

A View from Riga

Author: George J. Neimanis

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: History

Page: 153

View: 916

An American academic describes the breakup of the Soviet Union and the formation of an independent Latvia from the vantage point of Riga, where he was acting as an advisor to the Latvian Parliament and was a visiting faculty member at the time of the events. This description is unusual for several reasons--the author was based in Riga rather than Moscow or Leningrad, where most reporters lived, the work was written by someone who had access to the government, and the author was able to understand the local press and people. Background material on the Baltic countries and their relationship to the USSR is discussed. By 1991, the Soviet system was floundering, with people spending an inordinate amount of time standing in lines to cope with shortages. The final breakdown of the Soviet empire began in the Baltic Republics, where Baltic nationalism and Russian nationalism clashed. By the end of 1991, the Baltic countries and most of the former Soviet republics had declared independence. The Soviet Union has bequeathed to the successor states an infrastructure and ethos that makes the transition to democracy and a free market extremely difficult. The work will interest those who want to learn what really happened during the breakdown of the USSR and those who need to deal with the changes that continue to occur in the successor states.

The Fall of the Soviet Empire

Author: Anne de Tinguy



Category: History

Page: 452

View: 532

Was the Soviet system's failure inevitable from its inception? These essays consider the role of ideology, the failure of the economic system, and the failure of a messianic ambition.

The Collapse of the Soviet Union

The End of an Empire

Author: Andrew Langley

Publisher: Capstone


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 477

Discusses how the collapse of the Soviet Union changed politics.

The Decline and Fall of Soviet Empire

Forty Years That Shook The World, From Stalin to Yeltsin

Author: Fred Coleman

Publisher: Macmillan


Category: History

Page: 480

View: 830

Traces the decline and collapse of the Soviet Union, drawing on once secret Soviet archives and interviews with key figures to provide a definitive account of forty years of Russian history

The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire

Author: Brian Crozier

Publisher: Prima Lifestyles


Category: History

Page: 829

View: 646

Revealed along the way is the dark underside of a regime whose march toward supremacy resulted in the loss of tens of millions of lives."--Jacket.

Down with Big Brother

The Fall of the Soviet Empire

Author: Michael Dobbs

Publisher: A&C Black


Category: History

Page: 513

View: 722

The author of this volume was present during the final decade of the Soviet empire, first for Reuters, then for the "Washington Post". While Dobbs watched, playwrights and elctricians were transformed into presidents, while Communist Party leaders became jailbirds or newly-minted tycoons. He identifies the seeds of destruction, and shows how Mikhail Gorbachev, in particular, was the unwitting inspiration for the upheaval of the empire, while he thought he could save the Communist Party by reforming it.;Dobbs' conclusion is that though Big Brother may be dead, his dark legacy is still alive in the turbulence in Russia, Romania, Bosnia and other countries that once made up the most brutal empire of the 20th century.

Revolution 1989

The Fall of the Soviet Empire

Author: Victor Sebestyen

Publisher: Random House of Canada


Category: History

Page: 496

View: 142

Documents the collapse of the Soviet Union's European empire (East Germany, Poland, Czechoslvakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria) and the transition of each to independent states, drawing on interviews and newly uncovered archival material to offer insight into 1989's rapid changes and the USSR's minimal resistance.

The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire

Political Leaders from Lenin to Gorbachev

Author: Dmitriĭ Antonovich Volkogonov



Category: 1900-1999

Page: 572

View: 307

Following his great trilogy of biographies of the giants who dominated the history of the Soviet Union - Stalin (1991), Lenin (1994) and Trotsky (1996) - Dmitri Volkogonov delves deeper into the Soviet archives to produce new character evaluations and political assessments of the seven leaders who ruled the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1991. A former general in the Soviet Army's propaganda department, Director of the Institute for Military History, and Defence Adviser to President Yeltsin from 1991 to his death from cancer in December 1995, Dmitri Volkogonov had unrivalled access to Soviet military archives, Communist Party documents and secret presidential files. Basing his new book on these inside sources, he has continued his pioneering work of revealing the truth behind the activities of the world's most secretive political leaders. He throws new light on: Lenin's paranoia about foreigners in Russia; his creation of a privileged system for top Party members; Stalin's repression of the nationalities and his singular conduct of foreign policy; the origins and conduct of the Korean War; Khrushchev's relationship with the odious secret service chief Beria; Brezhnev's vanity and stupidity; the Afghan War; Poland and Solidarity; Soviet bureaucracy; Gorbachev's Leninism and role in history.

The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Empire

Author: Bernard M. Gwertzman

Publisher: Three Rivers Press


Category: Soviet Union

Page: 522

View: 947

Foreign correspondents from "The New York Times" analyze the trickle of events--from perestroika to the failed communist coup--that have reshaped a country in upheaval

Autopsy on an Empire

The American Ambassador's Account of the Collapse of the Soviet Union

Author: Jack F. Matlock

Publisher: Random House Incorporated


Category: Political Science

Page: 836

View: 545

Provides an eyewitness account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, discussing the origins of the conflict and the plot to oust Gorbachev

The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union

Author: William E. Watson

Publisher: Greenwood


Category: History

Page: 175

View: 822

A one-stop source of information, analysis, biographical profiles, and key primary documents on the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union.


The Lithuanian Rebellion and the Breakup of the Soviet Empire

Author: Richard J. Krickus

Publisher: Potomac Books Incorporated


Category: Lithuania

Page: 244

View: 413

Recounts the history of Lithuania and its struggle for freedom from the Soviet Union, and argues that Lithuania's declaration of independence in 1991 was the turning point that led to the Soviet collapse

The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire

Author: Stephen Dalziel

Publisher: Smithmark Pub


Category: History

Page: 160

View: 711

A chronicle of the Soviet Union charts its rise and fall, discussing the overthrow of the czar, the revolution, life under communism, and the events of 1989.

Lenin's Tomb

The Last Days of the Soviet Empire

Author: David Remnick

Publisher: Vintage


Category: History

Page: 624

View: 659

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize One of the Best Books of the Year: The New York Times From the editor of The New Yorker: a riveting account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, which has become the standard book on the subject. Lenin’s Tomb combines the global vision of the best historical scholarship with the immediacy of eyewitness journalism. Remnick takes us through the tumultuous 75-year period of Communist rule leading up to the collapse and gives us the voices of those who lived through it, from democratic activists to Party members, from anti-Semites to Holocaust survivors, from Gorbachev to Yeltsin to Sakharov. An extraordinary history of an empire undone, Lenin’s Tomb stands as essential reading for our times.

The Collapse of the Soviet Union

Author: Susan Muaddi Darraj

Publisher: Infobase Publishing


Category: Communism

Page: 129

View: 820

Describes some of the major events in Soviet history, such as the rise of communism in Russia, the terror and expansionist policies of Joseph Stalin, the election of Mikhail Gorbachev, the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, and much more.

The Collapse of the Soviet Union

End of an Empire

Author: The Associated Press

Publisher: Mango Media Inc.


Category: History


View: 962

On December 25, 1991, Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, resigned as president of the Communist empire, turning power over to the new commonwealth that replaced it. This event marked the official end of the Cold War which had imperiled the world for over four decades. AP was there to provide a unique look at the story through the eyes of Associated Press reporters and photographers.

The End Of The Soviet Empire

The Triumph Of The Nations

Author: Helene C. D'encausse



Category: History

Page: 292

View: 546

Shows how the rise of nationalism in the former republics reduced the Communist Party's power and led inevitably to the revolution of 1991

Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse?

Understanding Historical Change

Author: Robert W. Strayer

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe


Category: History

Page: 219

View: 307

Examines the causes for the collapse of the Soviet Union, concentrating on the period after Mikhail Gorbachev's rise to power in the mid-1980s.

The Collapse of the Soviet Union

Author: Paul A. Winters

Publisher: Greenhaven Press, Incorporated


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 288

View: 695

Essays discuss events that preceded the collapse, reform attempts, the weakening of the government, and problems in the new republics