[Topic wise IAS World History Question Bank (1979-2015)]: (12) Disintegration of Soviet Union and the Rise of the Unipolar World
Disintegration of Soviet Union and the Rise of the Unipolar World
(i) Factors leading to the collapse of Soviet communism and the Soviet Union, 1985-1991
(ii) Political Changes in Eastern Europe 1989-2001.
(iii) End of the cold war and US ascendancy in the World as the lone superpower.
1. Discuss the main factors leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union. [2002, 60 Marks]
2. Analyze the factors leading to the end of the Cold war and account for the U.S. ascendancy in the world. [2003, 60 Marks]
3. Analyse the factors for the collapse of Soviet Communism and Soviet Union during 1985-1991. [2004, 60 Marks]
4. “By the 1980s, the Communist system of the Soviet Union was incapable of maintaining the country’s role as a Superpower.” Explain this statement. [2007, 60 Marks]
5. Account for the factors that brought about the end of the Cold War. [2008, 60 Marks]
6. ” The essence of Prestroika is for people to feel they are coumtry’s master.” — Gorbachev. Critically evaluate. [2010, 10 Marks]
7. Examine the challenges confronted by the proponents of European unity after the collapse of Soviet Empire in Eastern Europe. [2011, 30 Marks]
8. “With the Cold War over and the Soviet Union gone, the face of international diplomacy has undergone a metamorphosis.” Critically examine. [2012, 10 Marks]
9. “By the 1980s, the communist system of the soviet union was incapable of maintaining the country’s role as a superpower.” Elucidate. [2013, 30 Marks]