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The Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991
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INTRODUCTION
PART ONE: BACKGROUND
1. GORBACHEV COMES TO POWER
Political Overview
Glasnost
Social, Environmental, and Nuclear Power Issues
PART TWO: THE YEARS OF PERESTROIKA
2. THE ECONOMY AND FOREIGN POLICY
The Economy, 1985-90
Acceleration and Anti-Alcohol Campaigns
Coal Miners' Strike
Economic Reform Programmes
Stagnation
The Pavlov Programme
Foreign Policy
Ideology and Propaganda
Arms Control
Architects of Soviet Foreign Policy
Eastern Europe
Ending the Cold War
3. THE NATIONAL QUESTION
The Submerged Dilemma
Nagorno-Katabakh
The Baltic States
Georgia, Ukraine, and Belarus
The Plenum on National Policy, September 1989
4. DOMESTIC POLITICS, 1989-MID-AUGUST 1991
The Congress of People's Deputies and New Presidency
The 28th Party Congress and Aftermath
The Referendum of 17 March 1991
Toward a New Union Treaty
5. THE PUTSCH AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR
The Putsch, 18-21 August 1991
Administrative Changes
The Failure of the Union Treaty
Yeltsin Consolidates His Power
The Belavezha Agreement
PART THREE: ASSESSMENT
6. WHY DID THE SOVIET UNION COLLAPSE?
PART FOUR: DOCUMENTS
Chronology
Glossary
Who's Who
Guide to Further Reading

About the Author

David R. Marples is Professor of History at the University of Alberta.

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