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What role did nationalism play in the collapse of communism?

Nationalism played a significant role with the fall of communism and the Soviet Union. There was a group known as the anti-Soviet nationalists which ended up consisting of 50% of the Soviet Unions population. This is due to many citizens not having the basic needs to survive such as shoes, clothing, shelter, and food. Sanctions also helped lead to the Soviet Union losing ground of Eastern Europe which then showed consumer goods to the world such as music(Michael Jackson, Jazz) and clothing items such as jeans. This was things that the Soviet Union citizens wanted, but they couldn’t have due to communism. Nationalism helped give way to the fall of communism by creating a need for something better and creating a love for the people and a better nation.

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