The Fall Of The Soviet Union Essay

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name teacher class 17 February 2009 The Fall Of The Soviet Union The Soviet Union brought much terror to the world during its long and powerful reign. During the cold war, tension rose between the United States and the U.S.S.R. causing the biggest arms race in history. The competition led to the fall of the Soviets. The Soviet Union collapsed because of economic crisis, President Ronald Reagan, and debt from military spending. In 1985, Mikhael Gorbachev came to power, and claimed to have a different view on communism (Smitha, The Soviet Union). Gorbachev knew the country needed fundamental reform, because it has not shown positive growth for nearly a decade (Smitha, The Soviet Union). He introduced Perestroika, to restructure the economy (Smitha, The Soviet Union).…show more content…
He was very resistant to communism, and began manipulating the U.S.S.R. economy through sabotage (The Associated Press, The Collapse of the Soviet Union). Reagan was able to push the Soviet Union into debt by selling them fake military secrets like a “laser missile” (The Associated Press, The Collapse of the Soviet Union). He was also able to scare the U.S.S.R. into debt by introducing the Special Defense Initiative, or SDI, where in the Soviet’s eyes was a working missile shield (The Associated Press, The Collapse of the Soviet Union). The Soviet Union began to spend more money than they were acquiring. Competition of the United States was causing the Soviets to spend a lot of money (Miller, The U.S.S.R. in 1991). The communists began printing more money, causing inflation to increase (Miller, The U.S.S.R. in 1991). When consumers had money to buy food, they were not able to purchase any, because there was not much food for them to purchase (Miller, The U.S.S.R. in 1991). Reagan’s sabotages were also putting them deeper in debt during the
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