Devry HIST410N Week 7 Case Study : Mikhail Gorbachev…

In 1985, an amazing thing happened: Mikhail Gorbachev rose to succeed Konstantin Chernenko as General Secretary of the U.S.S.R. They say children danced in the streets, but I think that was more to do with . For the first time in its history, the Soviet Union was not being led by a blood thirsty, maniacal tyrant , who all told were responsible for .

In 1988, Trump invited Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to dinner at the Trump Tower.

But let’s not get too excited, he’s not batting in , maybe more like ‘s. Even Gorbachev admits it wasnt his aim to end the Soviet Union, but to modernize it. Yet Gorbachev’s reforms were snowflakes that unleashed an avalanche. In 6 years, it consumed the entire Eastern sphere; relegating the Cold War, the Soviet Union, and sadly, even Gorbachev to history’s dustbin.

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Mikhail Gorbachev, you’re my boy and I dedicate this can of Diet Coke to you. I drink it because it is good.

Yet, as ferrous as the Iron Curtain was, it had rotten, and the end came quick. On December 25, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev announced to the world, via a live CNN feed filmed from within the walls of the Kremlin,