One may have thought that since there were many people who pushed for more freedoms and a more workable economy, there would be more support for Gorbachev. A nicely summarised blog, great detail, I felt that I learnt from it.
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.
I really enjoy learning about the role of sports in history and this blog was done very well, insightful. Was good to know that the Olympics was still a success somewhat, prior to reading this, after seeing the word boycott, I assumed it had gone badly.
Good post, interesting to see there was a negative attitude to the war by the Russians as there was in the Vietnam war by the Americans.
Very interesting post, was great to learn how Afghanistan had been involved in previous colonisation attempts. I do remember reading sometime in a history journal that there may have been defensive motives behind the invasion, since the USSR also wanted a buffer zone around this region of its border, Iran at a similar time was undergoing revolution and there may have been fear this could also happen in Afghanistan.
It really is interesting to hear how the Soviets seemed more advanced in terms of women’s equality when compared to the USA. Of course it was the mantra of the political ideology to focus on equality for all but it is just interesting to see it put into practice in such an important field.