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The Fall of Soviet Communism, 1986-1991


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The Fall of Soviet Communism, 1986-1991 by Jeremy Smith
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In 1991, Communist rule in the Soviet Union came to an end after 84 years, and the world's largest state, one of the two global superpowers, broke up into fifteen independent countries. Few had predicted such an outcome when Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union six years before. Jeremy Smith discusses the long-term and short-term factors behind this extraordinary collapse, assessing the impact of economic crisis, nationalism, personalities and democratization in the process.

Author Biography

JEREMY SMITH is Lecturer in Russian History at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK, and has previously worked at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His previous publications include The Bolsheviks and the National Question, 1917-23 (1999), also published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Release date NZ
June 1st, 2005
Country of Publication
United States
144 p.
Palgrave Macmillan
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