The Collapse of the Soviet Union 1985-1991: Could it Have been Averted? Introduction The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 was seismic event in modern political history, as it not only marked the end of one of the great empires of modern times but also the end of the Cold War struggle that defined global geopolitics since the Second World War. This paper will examine the collapse of the Soviet Union and the forces and events that contributed to this collapse. The thesis will be argued that this collapse could only have been averted by the Soviet Union focusing on economic reform and avoiding political reform as did the People’s Republic of China in their recent reform period. However, as will be seen, given the radical conservatism of...The end:
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