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New Party Leader (08:08)


Soviet leadership forced Nikita Khrushchev to resign in October 1964. Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin initially shared power. Brezhnev gained control reverting the country back to a model Joseph Stalin created. He promised economic prosperity and spent vast sums of money on military expenditure.

Vietnam War (02:59)

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson sent U.S. troops to Vietnam. The war was a triangular Communist enterprise and became a proxy battle between superpowers.

Prague Spring (03:23)

The Soviet Union faced a crisis in Czechoslovakia under the rule of Alexander Dubcek. Brezhnev invoked the Brezhnev Doctrine and sent troops into the country to stop the uprising.

Cold War Détente (03:57)

The 1970s was a period of more direct relations between Western and Communist leadership that resulted in treaties. Brezhnev focused on Soviet domestic challenges and economic success occurred; an era of stagnation soon followed.

Afghanistan Invasion (04:27)

Brezhnev worried the Soviet Union was losing influence in neighboring countries; he sent troops to Afghanistan in 1979. The Americans backed an Islamist rebellion. The invasion was one of the last decisive mistakes before the Soviet Union's collapse.

Soviet Leadership Changes (06:24)

Brezhnev’s death ushered in a succession of infirm leaders including Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko. Mikhail Gorbachev rose to power and allowed the media to expose complaints and scandals, winning public support. The Kremlin reverted to secrecy and denial after the Chernobyl disaster.

Gorbachev's Leadership (05:39)

Gorbachev rose to power in 1985. He believed in communism and wanted to make the Soviet Union stronger; his reforms undermined the empire. Gorbachev and President Ronald Reagan took steps to end the Cold War. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

USSR Collapse (05:16)

People within the Communist Party opposed Gorbachev's reforms, so he opened the party to elections. Eastern European countries began protesting the Soviet Union, eventually leading to its dissolution in December 1991.

Credits: The Soviet Union: Episode 3 (00:34)

Credits: The Soviet Union: Episode 3

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Escalation of Nuclear Missiles. Invasion of Czechoslovakia. Vietnam conflict. The invasion of Afghanistan, Russian soldiers dying in this senseless war. Gorbachev makes bold statements. Change comes quickly & the collapse of communism. Berlin Wall down in 1989. The Soviet Union formally dissolved in August 1991.

Length: 44 minutes

Item#: BVL283532

ISBN: 979-8-88678-584-5

Copyright date: ©2022

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