Unformatted text preview: Gorbachev (p. 497). Also, the people were able to discover considerably more about the atrocities of the administration of Joseph Stalin , including the purges and the execution of thousands (p. 489). This began to undermine the faith of the public in the Soviet system. Once Gorbachev allowed more public expression and legitimized aspirations toward democracy and autonomy, the frictions between more consolidated and self-conscious nations and the drawbacks of the Soviet regime resulted in various separate fights for more local control among the non-Russian republics (p. 493, p. 495). Consequently, the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe collapsed (p. 501). Thanks to glasnost the people had lost their fear of the Communist Party (p. 496). The Soviet system had been through harder times in the past than what occurred in the late 1980s, but once a policy of openness had been put in place from above, it moved rapidly out of the grip of its architect, Mikhail Gorbachev....
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- Fall '08
- Gorbachev, Raisa Gorbachev, Soviet economic statistics, Soviet labor productivity