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    Perestroika Reform Essay

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    However, perestroika did not occur without consequences. The privatization movement of the perestroika reform allowed for the formation of a new class the oligarchs. The lack of legal safeguards of privatization allowed the mafia, which had the financial means and the political connections, to gain ownership and control over key industries of the Russian economy. “The problem is the economic liberalization in Russia, even in the narrowest sense of legalizing private business activity, is far from complete. Under the practical conditions that prevail, it still remains virtually impossible for a Russian entrepreneur to operate entirely within the law.” (Leitzel, Gaddy and Alexeev). But some of the illegal activity of organized crime has proven…

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    These foreign policies and this agreement is said to have actually ended the Cold War. Perestroika is said to be the political and economic reconstruction made to the communist party that was enforced because of the agreement made between Reagan and Gorbachev. While Perestroika dealt with more of the Soviet Union’s Political Problems Glasnost dealt with more of the Soviet Union’s Social and Economic problems. Glasnost was mainly supposed to give more rights and freedoms to the Soviet people. But…

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    In 1985, Gorbachev adopted the role as the General Secretary of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev brought liberal ideas to his leadership suggesting ideas of openness, and he contradicted previous rulers as he truly saw himself as a public servant to the people. Balancing between traditionalism and reformism, he aimed to gain support from the majority of the people by creating ambiguous political symbols that could easily be generalized (Breslauer 2002, 50). Gorbachev’s approach to transform the…

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    decisiveness”(p. 166). Gorbachev presented two sets of policies and truly believed they would help the Soviet Union become a more prosperous and sustainable country. The first policy formed was the glasnost. Glasnost is a practice to allow more of an open policy government where information is shared. “Glasnost enabled the people of the Soviet Union to lay claim to the public sphere after seven decades of exile from it”. “Democratization was to be a political weapon in his battle of the…

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    The Khrushchev Era

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    In 1985, the Soviet Union had been in a period of stagnation for almost two decades, and before that it had gone through poorly planned reforms in the Khrushchev era. Once Brezhnev had his time in leadership, the country needed to make some drastic changes. By 1985, the USSR had fallen in culture and overall quality of life, the economy was in intense disrepair, and the Communist Party leadership had become ineffective. Gorbachev’s reforms, including perestroika and glasnost, were the major…

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    Within decades the Soviet slowly started to fall, with Regan we saw the massive military buildup, basically outspend your enemy. Focusing mostly on the allocation of resources and economic managing sections of the fall. Soviet Union agriculture was not entirely horrible, on theory it made sense. A whole collective, farm that unifies smaller plots of land, to one has a whole. This allows the use of a tractor to be used effectively, while in the contrary to the US farmer that used the capital…

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    Mikhail Gorbachev was one of the few dictators during his time period that did not use murder as a advantage in his society, the Soviet Union. (Gordon F Boreham) He possessed many leadership qualities that it takes to be a worldwide leader and dictator. Many believed that Mikhail Gorbachev would have strived in the Soviet union society. However once he came into office in the Soviet Union the political, economic, and religious view were lacking. (Gordon F Boreham) This making it hard for him to…

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    The information provided in the Summary of Evidence indicates that both perestroika and glasnost significantly contributed to the fall of the USSR. From an economic perspective , perestroika - meaning "economic restructuring", was introduced and launched in 1986. This policy included several radical changes that would better improve the economy. Unfortunately, perestroika was almost a disastrous failure, and arguably the biggest one of the Gorbachev's reforms. An important aspect of this…

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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…

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    How did glasnost and perestroika help end the Cold War? Perestroika aimed to the reconstruction of the political and economic system, it gave citizens a voice in the government. Perestroika goal was to create a semi free market system in the Soviet Union. However the core economy of the Soviet Union was so deteriorated that adding Glasnost, which gave more freedom to the people and decreased censoring of the media, thus allowing people to compare their current economy and corrupt government to…

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