Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Wikinfo - Soviet Union

Wikinfo - Soviet Union. This is an article on the former Soviet Union for the Web encyclopedia Wikinfo. It has a synopsis of Soviet history.

From the site:

Unhappiness with the Russian involvement in World War I led to the Russian Revolution in 1917 and a resultant civil war, ending in the establishing of the Soviet Union, the first communist state, on December 30, 1922.

The Soviet Union was the successor state of the Russian Empire but was smaller as a result of the independence of Poland, Finland and the Baltic States.

The territory of the Soviet Union increased during its period of hostility with Nazi Germany. Under Premier Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union emerged from the World War II as a major world power with a territory including the Baltic States and a significant portion of the territory of pre-war Poland together with a substantial sphere of influence in Eastern Europe. For more details see the article on the Soviet Empire. Political confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States persisted for many years and is termed the Cold War.

In 1991, the Soviet Union fell apart after a failed coup attempt by military leaders.

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