Mikhail Gorbachev was the final president of the Soviet Union, serving from March 1990 to December 1991. He introduced policies that were considered revolutionary and directly influenced the removal of the Communist Part... More »

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Mikhail Gorbachev was a Soviet-era political leader famous for his role in the termination of the Cold War and the collapse of the Berlin Wall, which paved the way for the rejoining of East and West Germany. He orchestra... More »

The causes of the fall of the Soviet Union were many and included ethnic conflict, a lack of support for the idea of communism and economic troubles caused by a focus on arms. Despite reform efforts by Mikhail Gorbachev,... More »

Mikhail Gorbachev was a Soviet-era political leader famous for his role in the termination of the Cold War and the collapse of the Berlin Wall, which paved the way for the rejoining of East and West Germany. He orchestra... More »

Boris Yeltsin led the opposition to the Communist coup attempt against the government of Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991. Although Gorbachev was Yeltsin's political rival, Yeltsin saw that the Communist hardliners in charge of... More »

The Great Purge was a period of systematic political repression and targeted elimination of suspect individuals that was carried out in the Soviet Union between 1934 and 1940. It took the form of warrantless arrests and ... More »

The United States entered the Korean War in June of 1950 as part of a United Nations effort to assist South Korea in its civil war with North Korea, which was supported by both China and the Soviet Union. The origins of ... More »