April 12, 2010 Lecture - liberalization of the Soviet Union...

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liberalization of the Soviet Union by Gorbachev moving from the top down as opposed to democratization: moving from the bottom up remake the Soviet Union as a world economic power 1988: 19 th Party Conference voted for a Congress of Peoples’ Deputies 1989: local elections: city councils, etc. spring 1990: elections to Supreme Soviets of each of the 15 Republics emergence of “democrats”: former dissidents independence efforts by Soviet Republics Baltic Republics Western Ukraine: annexed by the Soviet Union in 1939-1940 Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan Moscow: supposed to be “ethnically neutral” citizens of Republics believed that Moscow wanted to benefit Russia over all others Gorbachev never predicted opposition against himself he unleashed it with his programs summer 1990: most Republics issued declarations of sovereignty true definition?: most people taught Marxism/Leninism & didn’t have a
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This note was uploaded on 06/28/2011 for the course HY 265 taught by Professor Dr.georgeliber during the Spring '10 term at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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