The Collapse of the Soviet Union: The End of an Empire (Snapshots in History)

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At midnight on December 31, 1991, the flag of the Soviet Union came down for the last time, signaling the end of Soviet power and the end of the communist dream. After the Russian Revolution of 1917, Soviet leaders had aimed to establish communism throughout the world. But early idealism turned to dictatorship, fueling the long, terrifying stalemate of the Cold War. By 1989, the Soviet Union was tottering, unable to control its own inhabitants or compete with the West. Its collapse changed global politics forever.

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Andrew Langley is a prolific author of books for children, with a special interest in history and the environment. He has been short-listed for several major awards, most recently with books on natural disasters and Hiroshima.

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Packed with information, these books succinctly cover major events during their respective periods. Sidebars and bracketed box quotes highlight important information and thoughts without breaking the flow of the narrative. Average-quality black-and-white --School Library Journal

To explain the demise of the Soviet Union, Langley retraces events to the removal of Czar Nicholas II in 1917, giving a brief overview of the history of the USSR in the 20th century. The precarious balance of power brought on by the Soviet's first atomic --Curriculum Connections

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