Class Notes (838,229)
Canada (510,777)
POLB92H3 (48)
Lucan Way (26)
Lecture

Lecture Notes

7 Pages
130 Views
Unlock Document

Department
Political Science
Course
POLB92H3
Professor
Lucan Way
Semester
Winter

Description
LECTURE 6 Communism --> Commiewasm 1989-1991 End of Communism in Eastern Europe 1989 Democratization Poland (June) Hungary (June-October), Czechoslovakia (November) East Germany (November) Bulgaria (November) and Romania (December) Coincidence?? 1991: End of Communism and collapse of USSR 2 Questions Should the fall of Communism in 1989 have been predicted? What role did the demonstration effect play in the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe? Failure to predict the end of Communism = a failure of Social Science? Almost no one predicted the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe or the USSR No indication in mid 1980s that USSR ready to give up Eastern Europe Almost every standard text of Communism in mid-late 1980s (when I was in college) emphasized stability of Communism Only country where end of Communism thought likely was Poland Everywhere else thought stable But Communism falls extremely suddenly almost without violence in 1989-1991 Should the End of Communism have been predicted? Did this represent a failure of Social Science? Only partially yes, but mostly no End of Communism inherently hard to predict because hinged (in short term) on decisions of a single individual (Mikhail Gorbachev) Communism in 1985 In trouble Slow growth 3% in USSR Increased shortages Widespread cynicism in elitepopulation www.notesolution.com
More Less

Related notes for POLB92H3

Log In


OR

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


OR

By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.


Submit