I like the way you reflect on the August 1991 coup as a culmination of long-standing developments and consider the ways in which the Soviet government evolved over the short twentieth century. Good job.
It’s always interesting to see how one event that wasn’t immediately successful can lead to a major accomplishment!
I like how your title was the quote on the Lativan Freedom Monument. It brought your post together and ended on a very positive note!
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.