In 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev inherited a country that had many problems but was not on the verge of collapse. Six years later, he brought the curtain down on the Soviet Union. Dr Jonathan Davis examines the social, political, and global forces that led to the end of the USSR in December 1991. He assesses Gorbachev’s domestic reforms of perestroika and glasnost’ and consider the forces these unleashed as the USSR staggered towards its endpoint.
Dr Jonathan Davis is Associate Professor in Modern European History at Anglia Ruskin University. His latest books are Historical Dictionary of the Russian Revolution (2020) and The Global 1980s (2019).
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