The Fall of Communism

Mapping the Fall of Communism
What happened when in 1989? Jokes about Socialism

The Fall of the Berlin Wall symbolizes the end of the Cold War:and the end of Gorbachev's role in government, symbolizes the end of Communism in the Soviet Union:



A cartoon by American cartoonist Edmund Valtman. Assess how this cartoon helps to explain the break up of the Soviet Union. (Hint: There are fifteen pieces. Why do you think Valtman included this number? What do the cracks signify?)
September 2009 CBC Interview with Gorbachev

The Fall of the Soviet Union



omplete the following exercises based on the readings of McCauley and Marples.

Essay Topics: The Collapse of Communism- March 14, 2016

1. "The break-up of the Soviet Union was the unintended result of policies introduced by Gorbachev." To what extent do you agree with this statement?
2. Assess the importance of detente and internal opposition to Communist rule in Communist countries, in ending the Cold War.
3. Explain and account for the decline and fall of one communist regime, excluding USSR.
4. What factors led to the collapse of Communist domination in Eastern Europe by 1990?
5. "The United States won the Cold War." How far do you agree with this statement and why?

Communism in Crisis: Nationalities of the USSR
Using the website, 'Making the History of 1989', examine how important the various nationalities, within the former Soviet Union, were in helping to break up the Soviet Union. Nationalities in the USSR Use this worksheet and complete your group assignment and be prepared to present your findings in class.

The Other War on Terror: [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/country_profiles/2565049.stm |The War in Chechnya]]
Map of Chechny