How did the Soviet Union's hold on Eastern Europe come to an end?

In this lesson, you will learn about how Mikhail Gorbachev's 'new thinking' changed Eastern Europe. You will examine how Eastern Europeans responded to the end of the Brezhnev Doctrine and will study the chain of events that his reforms set in motion. Finally, you will evaluate why these changes happened - was Gorbachev alone responsible for the USSR's loss of control over Eastern Europe or were other factors also at play?

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.Who became leader of the USSR in 1985?

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Q2.Which of the following policies was part of Gorbachev's 'new thinking'?

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Q3.How did Ronald Reagan respond to Gorbachev's 'new thinking'?

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Q4.At which summit was the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by Reagan and Gorbachev?

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Q5.What was agreed in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty?

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Q6.Overall, how did Gorbachev's 'new thinking' affect superpower relations?

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.Who became leader of the USSR in 1985?

1/6

Q2.Which of the following policies was part of Gorbachev's 'new thinking'?

2/6

Q3.How did Ronald Reagan respond to Gorbachev's 'new thinking'?

3/6

Q4.At which summit was the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by Reagan and Gorbachev?

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Q5.What was agreed in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty?

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Q6.Overall, how did Gorbachev's 'new thinking' affect superpower relations?

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How did the Soviet Union's hold on Eastern Europe come to an end?

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.Which policy did Gorbachev reject in 1988?

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Q2.What did Gorbachev promise to reduce or remove from Warsaw Pact countries between 1988-1991?

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Q3.Which Eastern European country was the first to elect a non-Communist leader in 1989?

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Q4.What did the Hungarian government do in May 1989?

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Q5.Which Eastern European country used violence to overthrow communist rule?

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Q6.In which Eastern European country did the 'Velvet Revolution' occur in 1989?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

How did the Soviet Union's hold on Eastern Europe come to an end?

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.Which policy did Gorbachev reject in 1988?

1/6

Q2.What did Gorbachev promise to reduce or remove from Warsaw Pact countries between 1988-1991?

2/6

Q3.Which Eastern European country was the first to elect a non-Communist leader in 1989?

3/6

Q4.What did the Hungarian government do in May 1989?

4/6

Q5.Which Eastern European country used violence to overthrow communist rule?

5/6

Q6.In which Eastern European country did the 'Velvet Revolution' occur in 1989?

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Lesson summary: How did the Soviet Union's hold on Eastern Europe come to an end?

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