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CLIP 2125

Glasnost and Perestroika

Glasnost and Perestroika
Key Info
  • Glasnost and Perestroika
  • Duration: 05:26
  • Using interviews with eye-witnesses and key players, this film explains the differences between the two terms 'Glasnost' and 'Perestroika' and then goes on to describe the effects of these new concepts. It also explains the rise of Yeltsin's power in Moscow, the breakdown of his relationship with Gorbachev and weaknesses in Gorbachev's position.
  • Subject:



    The Soviet Union

  • Keywords: Yeltsin, Gorbachev, Soviet Union, Soviet, Cold War, USSR, Glasnost, Perestroika
Ideas for use in class
  • This clip would make an excellent introduction to the meaning of these two terms, or as stimulus material for considering the chain of events. Class discussions could focus on how one concept lead to the other and then on to further change, or on the breakdown in the relationship between Gorbachev and Yeltsin. Card sort activities in which pupils sort reforms into 'Glasnost' or 'Perestroika' categories would help pupils consolidate the meanings of the terms.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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