Soviet Union As Powerful Middle Class Nations Today Essay

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Russia and Poland were once under the single party control, communism. Communism is when the government owns nearly all aspects of society. The government controlled everything from means of production, property, to even media. The fall of communism throughout the world began in the late 1980s. Since the liberalization of the two countries, Russia and Poland have come to long ways. After independence, both countries faced many struggles but are now considered to be powerful middle-class nations today. Post-communist is where former communist states undergo a transition both socially and economically. Before 1989, there has never been a shift to a post-communist country to democracy. With a quickly modernizing world, Communism was bound to fail(286). The death of Stalin in 1953 left the Soviet Union without a strong communist leader. The Soviet Union then turned its attention to Western powers and the arms race. The Cold War left Americans thinking that communism would never end and many countries could begin to fall to it. The 1950s and 1960s had Americans feeling uneasy. Both the arms race and Cuban Missile Crisis led to detente, which is when both the United States and the Soviet Union wanted peace, but that did not last long. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, and this began the fall of the Soviet Union. The election of Ronald Reagan also helps embitter the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union. He views the Soviet Union as a “the evil
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