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What was the USSR? Part 4: Breakdown & Collapse

Hosted by the Consul of the Global History Lovers Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Fri 11 Mar 20:00 - 22:30

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In this series of four talks, we will be discussing the enigma of the former USSR. We will analyse the multiple, contradictory aspects of the Soviet Union and try to make sense of them, concentrating on how it came into being, what it achieved (or not), and why it failed...

What Was The USSR? Part 4: Breakdown & Collapse

In Protected content appeared to all that the Soviet Union was an equal match for its main rival (the United States) and would continue in its current form for many decades - if not centuries, yet just five years later it had vanished completely and almost without trace. How did this series of events take place? What were the shifting dynamics that were taking place hidden behind the facade, and what made them burst out into the open in such a spectacular way?

In this final part we shall return to the basic contradictions that had bedevilled the USSR since its inception, its unresolved weaknesses - internal and external, the theoretical misunderstandings of Marx' critique of capital and the role of the state therein, and the flawed concept of 'the party' as the vanguard of the working class. We will also briefly discuss the Russian Federation, and whether this is indeed a 'Soviet successor state' as westerners are led to believe, or a completely different organism.

The talk will be presented by Caoimhín Mac Dhíomasaigh, Irish writer and historian and Internations Consul of the Bristol Community