The Fall of the USSR: From Perestroika to Modern Russia with Vadim Malinovsky

The Fall of the USSR: From Perestroika to Modern Russia with Vadim Malinovsky


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Perestroika and Glasnost, Gorbachev and Yeltsin, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War, the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, and the coup attempt in Moscow: how do they connect with or explain the collapse of the USSR? Join Russian historian Vadim Malinovsky for a detailed look at how - and why - the Soviet Union ended.

December 26, 1991, is the official anniversary of the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Today, 29 years later, it is still not easy to understand how this powerful nation could disintegrate so unexpectedly. In this seminar, we will explore all of the players and events that lead to this monumental moment in history. Starting with Mikhail Gorbachev, one of Russia’s most famous political figures, we will look back at his time in office and his policies, like Glasnost (openness) and Perestroika(restructuring), to understand his role in the unfolding of the events.

We will consider the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia on the progression of events in the Soviet Union. Also, we will explore how the coup attempt of August 1991 influenced the outcome. We will conclude by discussing the process whereby fifteen republics broke away to declare independence from Russia and how those political relationships continue to evolve today.

Led by historian Vadim Malinovsky, this seminar is a deep dive into all the changes Soviet citizens faced with the dissolution of the USSR as well as a detailed look at the changes within the institutions of the state. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the reasons and events that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Vadim is a historian (MA) who has graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University. His focus is contemporary Russian history. He is working on a PhD dissertation on Stalin’s national policy.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Excellent lecture on modern Russia. I learned many new things in this well-structured format.

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Fall of the USSR

This was an excellent presentation which was entertaining and very informative with just the right amount of detail (historical, political, economic and cultural).

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Very strong summary of an interesting period of history

Vadim provided an interesting summary of modern Russia from a political, economic and cultural point of view. I learned a lot and wish it could have gone longer so as to dig a bit deeper.

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S.G.
Wonderful historical seminar

Vadim is an outstanding teacher and historian. Using wonderful visuals, Vadim explained the economic and cultural events that led to the fall of the USSR. A very informative and insightful seminar.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
83%
(5)
17%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
A
A.
Xx

Excellent lecture on modern Russia. I learned many new things in this well-structured format.

V
V.
Fall of the USSR

This was an excellent presentation which was entertaining and very informative with just the right amount of detail (historical, political, economic and cultural).

A
A.B.
Very strong summary of an interesting period of history

Vadim provided an interesting summary of modern Russia from a political, economic and cultural point of view. I learned a lot and wish it could have gone longer so as to dig a bit deeper.

M
M.D.

Guest did not leave comment

S
S.G.
Wonderful historical seminar

Vadim is an outstanding teacher and historian. Using wonderful visuals, Vadim explained the economic and cultural events that led to the fall of the USSR. A very informative and insightful seminar.