USC IR 369 - Lecture 13 - Russia (6 pages)

Previewing pages 1, 2 of 6 page document View the full content.
View Full Document

Lecture 13 - Russia



Previewing pages 1, 2 of actual document.

View the full content.
View Full Document
View Full Document

Lecture 13 - Russia

300 views


Lecture number:
13
Pages:
6
School:
University of Southern California
Course:
Ir 369 - Contemporary European International Relations

Unformatted text preview:

russia on the periphery Russia and Soviet Union are not synonyms Russia resources Extraordinary natural resources particularly coal natural gas and oil But heartland between 50 and 60 degrees of northern latitude equivalent to central Canada so short growing season harsh climate Unpredictable weather Largest geographic country Mikhail Gorbachev Born 1931 Graduated from Moscow state Successful career in communist party in hometown of Stavropol Relatively young age for communist party leader went to Moscow Became Politburo member in 1978 and general secretary leader of Politburo in 1985 Youngest General Secretary since Stalin in 1922 Member of the 60s generation in USSR those who regretted Prague Spring he wanted to maintain the ideals of communism and put a positive face on it He was a convinced communist he wanted to make it work he did everything right within the system he wanted to reform it in order to save it Announced perestroika restructuring and glasnost openness March 1989 held semi free elections and had the resulting congress of Peoples Deputies appoint him president of the USSR in 1990 he had been leader of the party and took it one more step to become leader of the state Meant Gorbachev didn t have a mandate but Boris Yelsin did Yeltsin won an election to be president of Russia Gorbachev lost huge amount of legitimacy through trying to rid of alcoholism problem in Russia by cutting back alcohol rations Raised a lot of expectations and failed to fill them Post soviet states Soviet union disintegrates in 1991 15 new states Baltic states Estonia Latvia Lithuania Southern Caucasus Central Asia Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Belarus Moldova Ukraine Russia December 1991 Failed coup against Gorb in aug 1991 but By December 1911 leaders of Russia Yelstin Ukraine and Belarus decide to dissolve USSR Representatives from nearly all republics meet at the Alma Ata and agree to create a commonwealth of Independent states CIS Dec 25 1991



View Full Document

Access the best Study Guides, Lecture Notes and Practice Exams

Loading Unlocking...
Login

Join to view Lecture 13 - Russia and access 3M+ class-specific study document.

or
We will never post anything without your permission.
Don't have an account?
Sign Up

Join to view Lecture 13 - Russia and access 3M+ class-specific study document.

or

By creating an account you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use

Already a member?