Notes+11.23.2010 - History 158C 11.23.2010 The United...

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History 158C 11.23.2010 The United States of Europe? Dec 1991 the Soviet Union peacefully dissolves itself o How do we explain this? Ideological argument insufficient Hollowing out of communism Gradual erosion loss of ideological conviction Perestroika Gorbachev s commitment to change/reform International support enables peaceful transition Communists remain in power Changes occur, but the same people remain in power no need for bloodshed o Role of individuals Gorbachev too little time tries to do everything at once Helmut Kohl German chancellor Suggests German Confederation Dec. 1989 Then calls for reunification Free elections puts Christian democrats in power Had to convince Gorbachev, persuade US, Britain, & France Buys the support he needs o Importance of the 1960s Capitalism and communism faced economic crisis only capitalism survived why? Social, cultural changes in the West
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