1991: Did Russia Destroy the Union?
|Dates:||10 February 2014|
|Times:||16:30 - 18:30|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Prof Vladislav Zubok|
What factors brought about quick and peaceful collapse of the Soviet Union?
In my presentation I reappraise the role of such often-mentioned factors as the nationalist mobilization, falling oil prices, the August 1991 coup, Ukrainian independence, and the role of Yeltsin's policies and choices. I conclude that three factors doomed the USSR. First, the political struggle between Yeltsin and Gorbachev. Second, the destruction of central Soviet financial system. Third, the relations of Russia and other «sovereign republics» with the United States. The presentation is based on archival research and interviews.
Prof Vladislav Zubok
Role: Professor of International History
Organisation: London School of Economics
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