These two videos detail the events following Gorbachev coming to power in the USSR, and the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union.
The first clip opens with an overview of the USSR’s political, economic and social situation in the 1980s. In response, Gorbachev introduced the policies of perestroika and glasnost. The impact of new technology including satellite television and extensive telephone networks is examined in terms of its impact on the Soviet Union. The rest of the video looks at the discussions that took place between the USSR and the USA’s President Reagan with regards the nuclear arms race and, more importantly, the issue of disarmament.
The second video begins with an explanation of why total independence for the Soviet States was unacceptable to the leadership. The power struggle between Yeltsin and Gorbachev is then presented, along with details of the coup that led to Gorbachev’s house arrest and subsequent release thanks to Yeltsin. The clip ends with the Slav states decalaring independence from the USSR, followed by an illuminating interview with President Bush who received Gorbachev’s final phone call as General Secretary of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day, 1991.
Boris Yeltsin’s creation of the Commonwealth of International States that led to the end of Mikhail Gorbachev’s rule of the USSR. From Curriculum Bites.
A brief history of the USSR, followed by an explanation of how events of the 1980s and Gorbachev’s own reforms contributed to the fall of Communism and the break-up of the USSR. From Curriculum Bites.
Many people have created videos to accompany the song, but I felt that I should have a go at developing my own. The version of this video I placed on TeacherTube is in the Top 10 most viewed videos of all time and has received over 900,000 views. You can watch it in the video player below or can download a high resolution version to save to your computer: