Factors such as widespread ennui and resignation should also be seen as part of the explanation for the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The increasing tristesse, combined with a diminishing fear of reprisals, contributed to the collapse of the system, it is here claimed.
PhD in history from the London School of Economics and Political Science; researcher. She specializes in the periods of reform in Russian history. Her most recent publications are Learning from Foreign Wars: Russian Military Thinking 1859–1873 (forthcoming) and Varför föll Sovjetunionen? [Why did the Soviet Union fall?] (2006). Currently, she is working on a book about the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia’s search for a national memory.