The Life of Mikhail Gorbachev

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Kelsey Murray
World History
26 February 2013
Nick Williamson

The Life of Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev’s life began much like many children in the small village

of Privolnoye. His parents were peasant farmers but when the collectivization

program took action, Gorbachev’s father went to work for the government. Only ten

years old when the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, Gorbachev experienced his

father being drafted into the Soviet military. After four torturous years in the

military, Gorbachev’s father survived. Mikhail Gorbachev was known as a hard

worker, excellent student and did his best to help support his family. His interest in

politics lead him to join the Komsomol.

Gorbachev wanted to exceed in everything he did. He decided to apply to the

prestigious Moscow State University to further his education. After being accepted

he decided to study law in order to better his speaking and debating skills, which

would help in his political career. While in college he met Raisa Titoenko and fell in

love. The two married in 1953 and four years later had their first and only daughter

whose name was Irina.

The start to Gorbachev’s political career began with the promotion into the

Communist Party. He eventually received the highest position, first secretary.

National politics is what he was striving for and at age 47 he obtained the position

as the youngest member of the Politburo. Gorbachev had lots of experienced behind

the scene working with General Secretary Yuri Andropov and felt that he was ready

to achieve the title, General Secretary. After failing once he tried again and became the leader of the Soviet Union.

Gorbachev had a strong belief that the Soviet economy needed reforms. He

did something many citizens never saw coming. He allowed and encouraged citizens

to freely voice their opinions. He also allowed Soviet citizens to travel, cracked down...
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