Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mikhail Gorbachev, best known for Perestroika and Glasnost, was born this day in 1931

Perestroika (reconstruction) was a political movement within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union during 1980s, widely associated with the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev referring to the restructuring of the Soviet political and economic system.

Glasnost (openness) was the policy of maximal publicity, openness, and transparency in the activities of all government institutions in the Soviet Union, together with freedom of information, introduced by Mikhail Gorbachev in the second half of the 1980s.

Gorbachev's attempts at reform as well as summit conferences with United States President Ronald Reagan and his reorientation of Soviet strategic aims contributed to the end of the Cold War, ended the political supremacy of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), and led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.

- Wikipedia

Lesson Plan Information
Title: “The Sinews of Peace” and the Cold War
Subject: World History / US History/ European History
Objectives: Students will identify the key ideas and themes in several important speeches of the Cold War era by Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Harry Truman, the Berlin Airlift, John F. Kennedy, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan
Grade Level: 9-12
Materials: Computers with access to the Internet.
Time Needed: Five 50-minute class periods
Provided by: (Author: Amanda S. Rowcliffe, Webb School of Knoxville)


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