The War Of The Soviet Union Essay

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Perestroika is widely regarded as one, if perhaps not the sole reason, that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or U.S.S.R, came to a dissolution on December 26th, 1991. The economic reforms that it pushed for and prompted are what allowed non-communist aspects to be incorporated into the Soviet Union and caused an uproar in political reforms such as Glasnost and the eventual fall of a traditional eastern communist system to a new western style capitalist system. To understand why Perestroika was created and what it aimed to do, one must first examine the history surrounding it, the conditions that allowed it to blossom and become one of the most controversial political reform movements in history. Years of proxy wars with the United States- the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan cost close to eight billion dollars per year -and over enthusiastic spending on the arms and space race, cause the Soviet economy to falter. In 1989, it was announced that the Soviet Union was spending close to 128 billion dollars on their military, four times what the United States was . Many officials were corrupt before this time, and skimmed off of public resources, only adding to the economic downturns of the Soviet Union. However, Mikhail Gorbachev, who became the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on March 11th, 1985 , pushed for the reformation of policies in order to acclimate the Soviet struggling economy and political system into a…

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