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Soviet Union and the Brezhnev Years

May 16, 2022

Leonid Brezhnev’s standing in party circles rose after Stalin’s death in 1953. The Brezhnev era was one of the most stable eras in USSR history. However, the country did have its economic problems. […]

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Soviet Union under the Leadership of Mikhail Gorbachev

May 16, 2022

Following the deaths of several senior party officials, 52-year-old Mikhail Gorbachev was chosen to lead the Soviet Union. He initiated a restructuring of the Soviets’ centrally planned economy and removed the rigid limitations of state censorship. […]

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End of the USSR and the Rise of Boris Yeltsin

May 16, 2022

In May 1990—two months after Mikhail Gorbachev had been named president of the Soviet Union—Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian Republic, the state’s largest political entity. And if the two men had ever been allies, they weren’t any longer. […]

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Haiti: World’s First Black Republic

May 11, 2022

The social transformation that many in Haiti dreamed of at the beginning of the 19th century was never accomplished. The Haitian people have yet to free themselves of their country’s history of poverty and corruption. […]

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