The fall of the U.S.S.R. was the final act of Communism in Europe. It brought to an end decades of Cold War with the West and ushered in a new era of hope at the end of the 20th century. The reasons for the fall of one of the world's superpowers are complex and the ramifications are still being played out today.
This presentation examines the following topics:
♦ Stagnation of the Soviet economy
♦ Mikhail Gorbachev
♦ Glasnost and Perestroika
♦ Renunciation of the Brezhnev Doctrine
♦ Fall of communism in Easter Europe
♦ Fall of the Berlin Wall
♦ Soviet Coup 1991
♦ Boris Yeltsin
♦ Commonwealth of Independent States
♦ External Factors - Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II
There are six links within the presentation to Youtube. The videos total ~26 minutes. Youtube links are checked weekly and updated when necessary.
This lesson takes me approximately two 60 minute periods to complete when I discuss and debate with the students.
Check out the entire Cold War series:
Lesson 1: The Cold War: An Overview (coming soon)
Lesson 2: The Korean War
Lesson 3: The Cuban Missile Crisis
Lesson 4: The Berlin Wall (coming soon)
Lesson 5: The Vietnam War
Lesson 6: The Fall of the Soviet Union
Corresponding Movie Guides
•Love, Hate, & Propaganda: The Cold War - Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4