What was the main political ideology of the Soviet Union?
Eastern Europe was under the control of the Soviet Union after WWII. During the Cold War, the Iron Curtain blocked off the region from the West. The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 ended Soviet rule in Eastern Europe.
Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union
Iron Curtain: A term popularized by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to describe the physical and ideological barrier between Western Europe and Eastern Europe during the Cold War; it symbolized the division of Europe into two distinct political and military blocs. Soviet Union: A state in Eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991. It encompassed modern-day Russia and other nearby states, and was a single-party state governed by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Eastern Bloc: A term used to refer to the former communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. These countries were economically, politically and militarily dependent on the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
In the early 20th century, the Soviet Union was the first country to introduce a five-day work week. The Soviet Union was the first country to launch a satellite into space, known as Sputnik 1. The Eastern Bloc countries of the Soviet Union were the first to develop color television.
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Work together in pairs: What was the main reason for the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991? P. 834-838
Work together in pairs: 1. How did the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 affect the politics and economy of Eastern European countries?
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Which country was the first to leave the Soviet Union?
- Baltic States
What was the Warsaw Pact?
- A military alliance between Eastern European countries and the Soviet Union
- An economic agreement between Eastern European countries and Western Europe
- A cultural exchange program between Eastern European countries and North America
Which country suffered a major nuclear disaster in 1986?
- Ukraine (Chernobyl)
When did the Berlin Wall fall, marking an end to communist rule in Germany?
What is the name of the former Yugoslav republic that declared independence in 1991, leading to a decade of conflict with Serbia?
- Bosnia and Herzegovina