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The End of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991: A 25-Year Retrospective


November 21 - 31, 2016
12:00am - 11:59pm
Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse Gallery, CGIS South Building
November 21 - 31, 2016
12:00am - 11:59pm
Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse Gallery, CGIS South Building

An exhibit by Mark Kramer, Program Director, Cold War Studies Project, Davis Center, featuring artifacts and memorabilia from the waning years of the USSR, including items lent for the exhibit by Gwendolyn Stewart, Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Tatiana Yankelevich, Joshua Rubenstein, Nicholas Daniloff, Pavel Palazhchenko, Thomas W. Simons, Jr., Jeanne Wilson, and Sonia Ketchian.

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The largely peaceful disintegration of the Soviet Union 25 years ago was one of the most important events of the 20th century. For nearly half a century, the Soviet Union had been a global superpower opposed to the United States. In the late 1980s, after Mikhail Gorbachev launched his program of perestroika and glasnost, no one expected that the Soviet Union would suddenly collapse within a few years. Even now, a quarter of a century after the event, the abrupt and largely peaceful end of Communist rule in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union seems nearly miraculous. History offers no previous instances in which revolutionary political and social change of this magnitude transpired with almost no violence.

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  • Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
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