HIS242H1 Lecture Notes - Human Rights Movement, Embolization, Planned Economy

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Published on 17 Apr 2013
School
UTSG
Department
History
Course
HIS242H1
Professor
HIS242H1
Chernobyl
In hindsight it is easy to see the events of 1979 as economical problem.
By the 1980’s it was quite clear that planned economies failed to provide basic
needs.
The collapse of communism.
Line ups of people waiting to acquire goods due to lack of necessities.
Most of the line-ups were women and kids.
The men seemed to line up for Vodka.
Simple to see the failure of planned economies.
People like apparatchiks had no problem getting the provisions they needed.
It wasn’t simple economic crisis that fuelled this but it was the unfairness that….
East Germany tried to block transmission of TV for West, but people could still see.
Parts of the Soviet Union was Finnish television that influenced them.
Many of the East block countries had debts (Poland had debt to…)
Dependency of East Germany on the West German economy.
They wanted a freedom to move between the east and west blocks
You see the economic dispairity
Many of the elderly had to leave, they encouraged them to leave. They didn’t pay
their pension.
Western economies subsidised the east.
Even the successful industrial companies had some admitted failures.
Governments unable to provide for their systems.
“Crisis of Legitimacy” – There was a long history of repression dating back to the
civil war. There was a hatred or reason to resent.
Stalin (d. 1953) and his successor Khrushev’s Secret Speech 1956
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In hindsight it is easy to see the events of 1979 as economical problem. By the 1980"s it was quite clear that planned economies failed to provide basic needs. Line ups of people waiting to acquire goods due to lack of necessities. Most of the line-ups were women and kids. The men seemed to line up for vodka. Simple to see the failure of planned economies. People like apparatchiks had no problem getting the provisions they needed. It wasn"t simple economic crisis that fuelled this but it was the unfairness that . East germany tried to block transmission of tv for west, but people could still see. Parts of the soviet union was finnish television that influenced them. Many of the east block countries had debts (poland had debt to ) Dependency of east germany on the west german economy. Many of the elderly had to leave, they encouraged them to leave.

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