How did the issue of solidarity contribute to the disintegration of the Soviet Union?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If the question is referring to how the concept of solidarity, in terms of its presence, helped to undermine the Soviet Union, the answer lies in the idea of forming bonds with another against the Status Quo.  The Soviet Union political leadership began to realize in the late 1980s that it could no longer stop the political solidarity that began to emerge in different areas of the Soviet Union and in its buffer states.  Consider the solidarity of the people in the Baltic states that sought to create bonds with one another out of political opposition to the Soviet Union. Popular fronts that emerged are examples of how individuals formed solidarity with another in an indigenous manner to repel the Soviet Union.  In response to this, Soviet unjamming of radio broadcasts, in particular news reporting, helped to enhance more solidarity amongst people and generate a movement that sought to disintegrate the Soviet Union.  The uprising of people in places like Azerbaijan and Armenia are examples of how solidarity between individuals helped to repel and eventually dismantle the Soviet Union. Individuals banding together, showing solidarity with one another in a common goal to turn back the Soviet Union is where change ended up happening, where transformation was realized.


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