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CLIP 2136

The fall of Gorbachev and the rise of Yeltsin

The fall of Gorbachev and the rise of Yeltsin
Key Info
  • The fall of Gorbachev and the rise of Yeltsin
  • Duration: 04:54
  • Using archive and news footage, a commentator explains how Yeltsin used the rising feelings of nationalism in the old republics to create a new body - the Commonwealth of International States - and sidestep Gorbachev's vision of a Soviet Union that retained central powers.
  • Credits: BFI National Archive
  • Subject:



    The Cold War

  • Keywords: Yeltsin, Gorbachev, Soviet Union, nationalism, Soviet, Cold War, 1991, USSR
Ideas for use in class
  • Students could use this video to study the causation of the end of the Soviet Union. While watching the video they could note down two or three factors that caused or contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union. These factors could then be compared in a separate class.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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