Believe it or not, it’s been almost 20 years since the USSR, our most fearsome Cold War enemy, suddenly flickered a few times and then — amazingly — just fell apart.
On Thursday, I’ll refresh everyone’s memories of what happened, and briefly discuss the most widely-cited causes for the Soviet collapse.
And then I think we can have a good discussion, not about the history, but about history’s meaning. Did we learn the right lessons about all this? What does the USSR’s collapse imply for our country and our relations with other adversaries in a new century?
- A concise, excellent account of the 5-yr fall and its causes by an Oxford historian.
- Another summary that goes back farther, from globalsecurity.org.
- Could be better Wiki entry.