№ 2, 2013
The article presents an attempt of the analysis of the Soviet Union policy in comparison to the Russian Empire. The author proposes and justifies an argument that the Soviet Union used to be a peculiar type of the empire. The comparative analysis of the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire is conducted on the basis of three parameters that are of major significance for the 20th century imperial formations: modernization, nationalism and ideology. According to the author’s conclusion, despite the fact that the Soviet Union achieved remarkable success in fulfilling its geopolitical aspirations, it failed to efficiently solve the problems that played a decisive role in determining the empire’s fate. The global crisis allowed the Soviet Union to gain the status of superpower, but after having proved incapable of bearing the imperial burden under the global confrontation with the U.S. it collapsed due to the failure of the imperial policy.
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