April 5, 2010 Lecture - • Gorbachev attempted to do this...

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Unformatted text preview: • Gorbachev attempted to do this all at once glasnost: “openness” perestroika: economic structuring falling as a super power because of economic situation military power, not an economic powers democratization: liberalization New Thinking • glasnost: impact on the mass media by mid-1970s: half of Soviets had access to Western radio broadcasts Baltic Republics got access to Finnish programs 1980s: most Soviet citizens received news from TV & radio mass media in hands of Communist Party not many dissidents at the time What is true? What is false? gossip, conjecture, exaggeration most information was closed at the time Gorbachev wanted to free up information had to define his attitude toward the past Feb. 1986: mass media began to attack Brezhnev 1964-1982: “Era of Stagnation” era of postponed decisions and missed opportunities Gorbachev imaged himself as Khrushchev’s true successor 1989: allows Khrushchev’s secret speech to be published (1956) about Stalin: appropriate lessons were learned...
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