The Collapse Of Communism During The Soviet Union

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Thea Vandyke B00570936 Peter Arthur & Robert Finbow November 30, 2014 POLI 2300 A Failure to Adapt: Why Communism Survived in China and failed In the USSR The eventual demise of Communism in the USSR was a direct consequence of the Soviet Union’s failure to adapt to the changes occurring in the world during the 1920’s to the 1940’s. Unlike Communist China, the USSR failed to place economic growth ahead of political reform. In this regard, Russia was unsuccessful in establishing a national identity and in instituting a stable government through popular consent of its people. Moreover, Communist Russia failed to create a national identity, ignoring the multitude of ethnic minorities existing in the USSR. Arguably, the future stability of the two previously conventional Communist countries, will reflect their ability to develop a market economy, establish a stable government, and be recognized and involved on a global scale. As indicated, the Soviet Union failed to place economic reform ahead of political change, which ultimately resulted in the failure of communism in Russia. In the face of a global market economy and Western Capitalism, the USSR demonstrated ambivalence about joining the international order. Traditional communist ideology was to "provide for every individual an equal amount of goods and services, thus creating a state of equality amongst the populous" (Leveler, 16). Within the USSR, several individuals felt as if their current hardships could be blamed on
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