On December 25th, 1989, an article is published by American journalist David Aikman for Time Magazine, he writes about a possible collapse of the Soviet Union, the "socialist sixth of the earth" as he worded it. On the same day, the following year, 1990, Scott Shane of the Baltimore Sun reported on referendums held in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the U.S.S.R., considering a potential change of name and conservation on the union.
On December 25th, 1991, head of state of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev formally stepped down from office which resulted in the dissolution of the Soviet Union. This was the disintegration of the federal political structures and central government of the U.S.S.R., resulting in the independence of all fifteen republics of the Soviet Union.
This marked a formal end to the Cold War.
It happened on this day, a day that shaped the course of modern human history and society. The fall of the iron curtain was pivotal moment in time but, like most other great events, did not just happen but was caused by a gradual build-up. This publication documents news articles that lead up to this event
The book starts with an article written in 1989, David Aikman writes what the world would be like if the soviet-sixth of the world collapsed. Following this, an article on the referendum held in 1990 on the potential changing of United Soviet Socialist Republic to United Sovereign Socialist Republics is show, hints of a Soviet claps become apparent here. Finally, on a bitter Moscow night, Gorbachev resigned as head of the Communist Party.