During this conversation, we will try to look at Mikhail Gorbachev as a person. What did he do before he became the head of the USSR and started his reforms? We will start with his early childhood and finish with Gorbachev’s personality and his role in the fall of the USSR in 1991. We will conclude the talk with an examination of his vision of Putin’s present and Russia’s future.
Led by historian Vadim Malinovsky, this seminar will give a deep dive into the biography of Mikhail Gorbachev and his decisions that led the Soviet Union to collapse. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the very controversial role this man played in Russian history.
This conversation has been designed as an ongoing series. To learn more about Russian History with Context, check out our upcoming seminars here.
About Your Expert
Vadim is a historian (MA) who has graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University. His focus is contemporary Russian history. He is working on a PhD dissertation on Stalin's national policy.
Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
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Always learn so much about Russia and its culture with Vadim. He provides insights and details that are so literate and enlightening. Would love to do a tour with him in the future, if the current situation is ever resolved.
This seminar is part of a very informative series on Soviet and post-Soviet leaders. Understanding the political history of the USSR and Russia has never been more important. Historian Vadim Malinovsky is a superbly knowledgeable, honest and trustworthy interpreter of this history for a western audience. With him, history is never dull. We see it in action and very much in context. Highly recommended!
I am hooked on Vadim's russia! this conversation about Gorbachev makes me realize that life in the Ussr was no picnic and that turning the country into a democracy needed a PLAN! and there was none!