Lecture 24 - The Collapse of Communism and Global Challenges

author: John Merriman, Department of History, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: April 16, 2010,   recorded: December 2008,   views: 5189
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The disintegration of the Soviet Union resulted from a number of different factors. Three important ones are nationalism among Soviet satellite states, democratic opposition movements, and economic crisis. Along with these elements, the role of Mikhail Gorbachev should not be discounted. Although his attempt to reform communism was rejected, his reformist positions as Soviet premier helped open the way for full-fledged political dissidence. One of the major challenges faced by Europe in the wake of the collapse of communism has been that posed by ethnic nationalism, a problem that erupted violently in the Balkans in the 1990s. Immigration and the defense of human rights are two problems that now confront the United States, as well as a United Europe.

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Comment1 Latimer Alder, October 17, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.:

I thought his remarks about Gorbachev were spot on. But when he wandered off into his own political thoughts I rather lost interest.

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