Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe

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A look at the collapse of communism across Eastern Europe in the late 1980s with some links to YouTube clips. The links all worked at time of uploading.

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Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe

  1. 1. The Disintegration of the Communist Bloc<br />
  2. 2. Mikhail Gorbachev<br />End of the gerontocracy<br />Committed communist but…<br />“We can’t go on living like this…”<br />Change in USSR = <br />Cut military spending<br />New political thinking<br />This is man with whom I can do business – Margaret Thatcher<br />
  3. 3. Gorbachev’s New Thinking<br />Perestroika<br />Re-structuring of economy<br />Some private enterprise<br />Boost productivity, efficiency, quality<br />Glasnost<br />Openness <br />Encourage new ideas, initiative<br />Democratisation<br />Get more people involved in CPSU<br />
  4. 4. Gorbachev’s Impact<br />
  5. 5. Ending The Brezhnev Doctrine<br />Some satellite governments used it<br />Hungary: multi-party system<br />Poland: elections  non-communist government<br />USSR: no reaction<br />Some satellite governments resisted new trends<br />Romania immune to calls for change<br />Ceausescu overthrown<br />Executed<br />
  6. 6. The End of Communism<br />Poland<br />May Day 1983 BBC 6 O’Clock News<br />Disintegration of Communist Bloc<br />An overview of Czechoslovakia<br />Fall of the Berlin Wall<br />Romania’s experience<br />

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