Week 6 Discussion - Week 6 What impact did Mikhail...

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Week 6 What impact did Mikhail Gorbachev's ideas of glasnost (openness), perestroika (restructuring) and demokratizatsiia (democratization) have on Communist society? Were these principles compatible with collectivization and a command economy? Did Communist leaders favor these principles or did they feel that their hand were tied once they were introduced into Communist society? Gorbachev ideas for the Soviet Union were to give the citizens a better life. Russia supported him and communist did not like him. Russia was in an economic depression and stayed in it for a couple years due to the fact that people did not know to live in an economy where there was a free market. In other words, no one knew how to contact outside buys or how to use this privilege to their advantage. They also gained their freedom of speech! Gorbachev knew that the Soviet Union was following behind the world in so many ways because of the Communist Government. The economy was not at

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