Why did the USSR fall in 1991?

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Just want some factors which can be used in an essay.

Posted Mon 16th April, 2012 @ 16:45 by Edward

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1.The Warsaw pact was dissolved
2. The Baltic states declared independence 
3. Gorbachev was overthrown by Yeltsin (who was anti communist)  
4. Gorbachev was restored but he had lost  authoriy so he stepped down and the Soviet Union split into several different states 

also the reuniting of Germany showed that communism was falling

I think this is right... hope it's ok :) ** 

Answered Mon 16th April, 2012 @ 17:15 by Former Member
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would you say that nationalism was allways a problem?

Answered Mon 16th April, 2012 @ 18:46 by Edward
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Who's nationalism? 

Answered Mon 16th April, 2012 @ 19:10 by Former Member
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you could talk about the reagan doctrine put forward by Ronald Reagan. This basically said that he was going to increase nuclear weapons and put them into space (he called this star wars, or strategic defence initiative). This then forced Russia to obviously catch up with this, but economically, they couldn't. This means that they lost the arms race and alongside other factors, meant that they collapsed. Many historians have said that this would have never have happened (we never found out because the cold war ended before they had time to deploy weapons to space) and that it was just American propaganda towards the Soviets to make the Kremlin panic.

Answered Wed 2nd May, 2012 @ 15:58 by laura