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Glasnost & Perestroika

What impact did glasnost (openness), perestroika (restructuring), and demokratizatsiia (democratization) have on Communist society? Were these principles compatible with collectivization and a command economy? Did Communist leaders favor these principles or did they feel that their hands were tied once they were introduced to Communist society?

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Glasnost, Perestroika & Demokratizatsiia

When Mikhail Gorbachev came to power, he tried to institute a vision of social change in Russia. From 1985 he was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and from 1988 he served as the Head of State of USSR until it was dissolved in 1991. In the 6 years that he held said powerful positions, he tried to introduce 3 concepts that he felt was most important - glasnost (openness), perestroika (restructuring), and ...

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