Decolonization, Democratization, and Communist Reform: The Soviet Collapse in Comparative Perspective

  title={Decolonization, Democratization, and Communist Reform: The Soviet Collapse in Comparative Perspective},
  author={Robert W. Strayer},
  journal={Journal of World History},
  pages={375 - 406}
  • R. Strayer
  • Published 1 October 2001
  • Political Science
  • Journal of World History
The collapse of the Soviet experiment, and of the country that embodied it, has sur ly been among the most dramatic d con sequential events of the postwar world, and indeed of the twentieth century. But how might this event, and the processes leading to it, be placed most effectively in a world historical context? How should world historians, as opposed to Russian or Soviet historians, treat the passing of the Soviet Union into history? One response might be to focus on the external roots of… 
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