Follow the high-drama transition from the early-1980s Cold War flashpoints, to the sudden and unexpected collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new world order in the 1990s. It seemed obvious to many at the time that the Cold War was over, but as Russia begun to emerge from internal turmoil at the turn of the millennium, were signs of a new confrontation already beginning to show?
Columnist at The Times
Daniel Finkelstein, appointed to the House of Lords in 2013, writes a weekly column for The Times. Previously, he was adviser to Prime Minister John Major and Conservative leader William Hague.
Why didn't the Soviet Union act more forcefully to prevent the collapse of communist rule in Eastern Europe in 1989?
Both financially and in terms of morale, particularly following [the war] in Afghanistan and the series of revolts in the satellite countries, the Soviet Union had simply reached the end of the road for a policy of repression. Imperialism around the world tends to collapse that way.