Cause & Effect: The Fall of the Soviet Union
From the Series Cause & Effect in History
The Fall of the Soviet Union occurred after decades of economic chaos and a nuclear arms race with the West. Through thoughtful narrative supported by fully documented quotes this title begins with A Brief History of the Soviet Union's Collapse and then examines these questions: How Did Czarist Policies Contribute to the Rise of Communism? How Did Soviet Economic Polices Lead to Collapse? What Role Did the Cold War Weapons Buildup Play in the Soviet Collapse? How Did the Collapse of the Soviet Union Lead to War and Ethnic Conflict?
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|Series||Cause & Effect in History|
|Number of Pages||80|
|Title Format||Reinforced book, Print + Ebook|
School Library Connection
Each volume begins with a timeline and an introduction. The first chapter gives a historical overview, and following chapters discuss cause and effect questions. Each chapter lists three focus questions which could be essay questions for a final exam, and goes on to discuss those issues. The questions are thought-provoking, and not usually covered in textbooks. They often draw parallels with contemporary issues and events. There are occasional minor inaccuracies and some of the images’ relevance can be puzzling. Quotations are often from secondary or tertiary sources.These are attractive books that are easy to read and should engage students. Bibliography. Index. Norman Desmarais, Acquisitions Librarian, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island [Editor’s Note: Available in e-book format.] Recommended
An exemplary series, the analysis of milieu and the causes of essential global movements introduces young readers to a more thorough understanding of history than simple regurgitation of people and dates. Cleverly supported with paintings, focus questions, sidebars, and splendid maps, the text looks beyond the moment to enduring attitudes toward democracy and human rights that influenced Joan of Arc, the Arab Spring, the Napoleonic code, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the downfall of tyranny in Libya.Back matter includes notes and books and websites from the past four years. Primary and secondary indexing focuses on entries with the importance of ethnic wars, Hessian mercenaries, Nicholas II, Kazakhstan, minutemen, enlightenment, and guillotine. The authors use varied editorial facets as instructional tools, notably, challenging diction, e.g., foppish, despots, regimes, opulent, and rhetoric. Curiously, Marcovitz failed to identify the rowdiness of the Sons of Liberty and Green missed an opportunity to feature a portrait of Marie Antoinette or Marianne. Presentation of Russian history makes excellent use of pictures featuring the privations of women and children. This set raises the standard for young adult history texts by challenging student thinking toward a holistic world view.—Mary Ellen Snodgrass.