• Chapter 4: Russia and the Former Soviet Republics

    Overview:  Russia and the Former Soviet Republics tracks the Cold War struggle between communism and capitalism. Students will study how the Soviet Union’s economy operated and why it failed. In addition, the chapter deals with Russia’s relationships with Asia, Europe, America, and the United Nations. It also looks ahead to such things as the challenges to US-Russian relations.

    Chapter Objectives

    1. Know the geographic locations of Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Republics.
    2. Know the major religious groups of Russia and the former Soviet Republics.
    3. Know the historical context of Russia from the Kievan Rus through the time of Peter the Great.
    4. Know how events from the Nineteenth Century and World War I contributed to the October Revolution.
    5. Know the economic and political impacts of World War II and the Cold War on Russia.
    6. Know the effects of the fall of communism.
    7. Know the characteristics of communism as an economic system.
    8. Know the economic and political influence of Marx, Lenin, and Stalin on communism in Russia.
    9. Know how the Soviet economic system worked and eventually failed.
    10. Know the importance of the export of resources for the restructured Russian economic system.
    11. Know the political and economic influence of Russia on the Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova.
    12. Know the political and economic influence of Russia on the Baltic States.
    13. Know the political and economic influence of Russia on Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.
    14. Know the political and economic influence of Russia on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
    15. Comprehend the historic relationship between Russia and the United Nations.
    16. Comprehend the historic relationships between Russia and neighboring European nations.
    17. Comprehend the historic relationship between Russia and the three major Asian nations China, Japan, and Korea.
    18. Comprehend the historic relationships between Russia and the United States.
    19. Know the impact of the restructured Russian economic system on worldwide democracy.
    20. Know the Russia-US challenges of nuclear threats, nonproliferation, and missile defense.
    21. Know the impacts on the United States caused by Russian oil production and distribution.
    22. Know the importance of the cooperation in space between Russia and the United States.