reforms under khrushchev and gorbachev

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  • Now that Stalin is dead. I, Nikita Khrushchev, am in charge. I found a letter that Lenin wrote before he died and it is very critical of Stalin so lets make some reforms.
  • Your reforms aren't working and you have failed militarily and diplomatically in the Cuban missile crisis.
  • I'm Mikhail Gorbachev and I am open to western style reforms.
  • Stalin dies in 1953. The following power struggle results in Nikita Khrushchev taking charge by 1956. Destalinization. Reforms include loosening government censorship, decentralization of economic decision making, and restructuring of collective farms.
  • oh no.
  • Hooray for open discussion.
  • We are unhappy.
  • Khrushchev is replaced by Leonid Brezhnev who ends his reforms.
  • Now we have a congress and a president. it is time to transfer economic power!
  • In 1985 Gorbachev took charge and tried to save the country from economic disaster with a three pronged reform approach.
  • Get out of here Gorbachev! We're having a revolution!
  • Oh no! My reforms!
  • Reform 1 Glasnot - allowance of open discussions of social and economic issues. This reform led to a lot of hostility toward the government and encouraged revolts.
  • Reform 2 & 3 Democratization - Creation of a new congress of peoples deputies who were directly elected representatives and who could choose a president. Perestroika - The transfer of economic power from the central government to private hands and market economy. 
  • The revolution of 1991 got Gorbachev kicked out of office and his reforms were never fully carried out.
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