Award Date

1-1-1989

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Number of Pages

112

Abstract

The Baltic Republics occupy a unique position within the Soviet Union. They are the most Western, the most industrialized, the most efficient and the most productive of all Soviet republics. As such, they epitomize the goals of Gorbachev's reforms. If the leadership were to crack down on the current manifestations of nationalistic unrest and on the recently established quasi-political popular organizations in the Baltic, the result would be a chilling effect on the entire reform process. Therefore, the Baltic Republics, as long as their goal remains the support of perestroika, are being allowed to advance previously unacceptable demands including autonomy and nationalism when other republics, for example the Georgian SSR, have been punished for such vocal defiance of central authority.

Keywords

Baltic; Glasnost; Impact; Limits; Openness; Perestroika; Republics; Soviet Union

Controlled Subject

Political science

File Format

pdf

File Size

4.02 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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