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Is Mikhail Gorbachev responsible for the collapse of communism?

Asked by Good Citizen, 12 Sep '09 03:00 pm
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Yes. The basic causes were economic stagnation, the rise of nationalist resistance to the ideology of communism, attempts to increase democracy, and changes in the international political environment. These factors were all interlinked and the Soviet leadership failed to devise a sequence of reforms that would enable it to sustain its rule.

By the 1980s the Communist regimes were all coming close to economic stagnation, in part caused by enormous defence expenditures. The Star Wars initiative proposed by the United States president Ronald Reagan in 1983 threatened to provoke an arms race that would impose even greater burdens on people who had experienced improvements in their standard of living and wanted more.

There had been earlier attempts in Eastern Europe at reforming the Communist system from within (1956 in Hungary (see Hungarian Revolution) and 1968 in Czechoslovakia (see Prague Spring), but these had been repressed by Soviet leaders who feared losing the buffer zone b ...more
Answered by dharamender nebhnani, 13 Sep '09 01:04 am

 
  
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Yes sir -The collapse of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics radically changed the world's economic and political environment. No other conflict of interest dominated the post World War Two world like the cold war did. One man is credited with ending the cold war, Mikhail Gorbachev. This however was not the biggest event Gorbachev was responsible for. The end of the cold war was just a by-product of the other major event he was involved with. That is the fall of communism in the USSR and the collapse of the USSR itself.

Gorbachev a communist reformer was appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1985. His appointment followed the death of three previous Soviet leaders in three years. Leonid Brezhnev was first to go followed by Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko. Not being able to afford another short term leader the old guard appointed the youthful 56 year old Mikhial Gorbachev as General Secretary.

From the outside it seemed as if this gre ...more
Answered by Pardeep kapoor, 12 Sep '09 03:04 pm

 
  
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How can we hold a person responsible for 200 year old system
it was just that he was presiding when the events turned worse for USSR
Answered by anil garg, 13 Sep '09 01:08 am

 
  
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Idonot think so.
Answered by shashank rastogi, 12 Sep '09 03:03 pm

 
  
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Yes .....sir
Answered by RISHURAJPUT, 12 Sep '09 03:01 pm

 
  
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Yes. west played by using hm
Answered by Kurian Chacko, 12 Sep '09 03:01 pm

 
  
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