032409 - 03/24/09 PLCP 321 Template of Gorbachev Period o...

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03/24/09 PLCP 321 Template of Gorbachev Period o Stages Acceleration (85) Anti-alcohol campaign attempted to rid the system of waster o Caused the government to lose millions of tax rubes o Really hurt the southern republics (Caucasus) and seriously depressed their economies. Added to dissatisfaction with Moscow. o Hurt his political capital Hard to get away from the communist party system and the system could not be moved quickly Glasnost (86) Idea of giving voice and publicity Came out of the Chernobyl debacle- Gorbachev wanted old ways criticized Issues that were closed for over 2 decades were now allowed to be talked about o Began to challenge the assumption that the USSR must be chained to the military o Talked about Stalin in the Soviet Union Old guard communist regimes in other countries started to censor movies and books now coming from the USSR o Concerned with decentralization because they were so close to Western countries Realized that he needed to have economic liberalization along with political Perestroika (87) Didn’t really understand how the political economy in the Soviet Union really worked This launched the process that would disintegrate the Soviet Union o Communist party lost a lot of its power
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2009 for the course PLCP 321 taught by Professor Lynch during the Spring '09 term at UVA.

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