What does Freeze say about the role of the Baltic states’ quest for independence in the collapse of the Soviet Union?
As djp28 said, it would have been crazy if this plan was passed! I’m sure the strategy they ended up taking did involve a lot of the things outlined in the original plan though, so the 500 plan may not have worked.
Even though his intentions were noble, strict laws like these will never be followed. Alcohol education reform (starting in schools) would have been a better approach!
Strange how much of a focus there was on nuclear superiority and strength regarding the Cold War yet the USSR had people working in the factories who could be so neglectful and risky to allow such an accident to occur.
Must have been great to learn about this topic. Hearing some personal views on it by the people may have been insightful and humorous if you didn’t look at some already.
It is intriguing that the army were what the Bolsheviks required to get into power in 1917 and in the end they were in part the short term cause of why the Soviets could not retain power. In both circumstances the army sided with the people over the orders of their leaders.
Its amazing how influential the media can be, even in an authoritative Soviet society. The media, in the modern age, may be one of the most dominant industries. Throughout history it has been the source and cause of information, both domestic and abroad, and revolution, respectively.
Really nice to read this post, the personal touch really makes it enjoyable and I love puns so it was even better. Interesting to know how glasnost and perestroika were involved in this event, not just learning about how they helped bring about the end of the Soviet Union.
With the Soviet youth obtaining more access to the media, and being able to see how the youth of western societies get to live compared to the backwards social environment they were born into, it should not surprise anyone that civil disobedience and the desire to rebel against established norms came about amongst younger generations.
Very interesting post on a topic that probably goes overlooked more often then not. Soviets just seem to have a knack for instituting policies that end up backfiring and hurting them in some sort of way, whether it be politically, socially, or economically, and in this case, the attempted ban on alcohol was detrimental to all three of these factors.