Reformed to Death: The Strange End of the Soviet Union 

Lecture

Reformed to Death: The Strange End of the Soviet Union

when 6:30‐8pm where NYUAD Campus, Conference Center who NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
Open to the Public

Reformed to Death: The Strange End of the Soviet Union 

This lecture examines economic, political, ideological, and international causes of the Soviet collapse, as well as the role of political actors. The principal focus of the lecture is on 1991 as the year when all historical causes had created a “perfect crisis” and yet produced a surprisingly peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union. The lecture aims to problematize the dominant analysis that assumes that political liberalization and radical market reforms were the only exits from the Soviet post-totalitarian system. Discussion also includes the argument that the speedy implosion was primarily caused by Gorbachev’s two fundamental policy choices rooted in the ideological and historical optics of his times.

Speaker
Vladislav Zubok, Professor of International History, London School of Economics and Politics

Hosted by
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute


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