Tag: Fall

The End of an Era

The Soviet Union faced many changes in the twentieth century; whether it be leadership change, social growth, industrial advancement, or impacts from different wars, the Soviet Union went through a dynamic transformation that all came to a head by the early 1990’s. After months of efforts to halt the inevitable or must some kind of […]

The Wolf and the Bear: The First Chechen War

Chechnya is a small region in the Caucuses that has long resented Russian rule. The Chechens had fallen victims to Stalin’s deportations and purges, and they had a long history being repressed by Moscow. Chechen also objected to Russian rule for religious reasons, as the vast majority of Chechens were Muslims.  Therefore, when the Soviet Union fell […]

Russia’s Vietnam

The late 1980s to mid-1990s was a period that oversaw a profound shift in the geopolitical world order, as the hegemon of the Eastern Hemisphere seemingly collapsed overnight. Although the dismantling of the Soviet Union seemed rapid, in reality it took many years and was characterized by a number of bloody and fractious conflicts. One […]

The End of the USSR

Political theorist Machiavelli wrote many pieces on what to do if a coup overthrows a government.  He writes that those who overthrow the government are in debt to the people or organizations who aided them in creating the coup.  He continues by saying that the best way to keep a nation free after overthrowing the […]

The Fall of Communism in the Soviet Union

After the coup of 1991, Communists in The Soviet Union had hoped to gain control and bring back the old system they had known. Instead, the system changed from being Communist to the opposite of their goal- the system was dissolved and a President, Boris Yeltsin, was put into place. Video footage (Communists on October […]