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  2. Soviet Union - Wikipedia

    The Soviet Union, officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), was a transcontinental country that spanned much of Eurasia from 1922 to 1991. A flagship communist state , it was nominally a federal union of fifteen national republics ; [u] in practice, both its government and its economy were highly centralized until its final years.

  3. Soviet Union | History, Leaders, Flag, Map, & Anthem

    Soviet Union, former northern Eurasian empire (1917/22–1991) stretching from the Baltic and Black seas to the Pacific Ocean and, in its final years, consisting of 15 Soviet Socialist Republics (S.S.R.’s): Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belorussia (now Belarus), Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgiziya (now Kyrgyzstan), Latvia, Lithuania, Moldavia (now ...

  4. Soviet Union - Countries, Cold War & Collapse | HISTORY

    The Soviet Union, or U.S.S.R., was made up of 15 countries in Eastern Europe and Asia and lasted from 1922 until its fall in 1991. The Soviet Union was the world’s first Marxist-Communist state...

  5. History of the Soviet Union - Wikipedia

    The history of the Soviet Union from 1982 through 1991, spans the period from Leonid Brezhnev's death and funeral until the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Failed attempts at reform, a standstill economy, and the success of the United States against the Soviet Union's forces in the war in Afghanistan led to a general feeling of discontent ...

  6. What Countries Were Part of the Soviet Union? | HISTORY

    What Countries Were Part of the Soviet Union? At its height, the USSR comprised of more than a dozen republics stretching across Europe and Asia. After the collapse, each forged a different path.

  7. collapse of the Soviet Union - Encyclopedia Britannica

    Collapse of the Soviet Union, sequence of events that led to the dissolution of the U.S.S.R. on December 31, 1991. The reforms implemented by President Mikhail Gorbachev and the backlash against them hastened the demise of the Soviet state. Learn more about one of the key events of the 20th century in this article.

  8. It was the first country to declare itself socialist and build towards a communist society. It was a union of 14 Soviet socialist republics and one Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (Russian SFSR). The Soviet Union was created about five years after the Russian Revolution.