The Coming Fall of the Soviet Union in 1989-1990


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The Coming Fall of the Soviet Union in 1989-1990
The fall of the Soviet Union was a momentous occasion in which the world went from a bipolar arrangement to a unipolar arrangement, almost overnight. Many people associated with the USSR leadership went back and forth in terms of their support for Gorbachev’s initiatives: there was a sense that Gorbachev had definitely pushed the USSR in a new direction and that this was both threatening to the USSR and also a chance for it to meet the challenges of the present and future. This paper looks at one such senior decision-maker, Anatoly Chernyaev, and at his own struggle with his personal perceptions of Mikhail Gorbachev. In the end, my sense, after reading Chernyaev’s own...
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