The soviet union was the largest country in the world covering approximately one seventh of earth s land surface. Having played the decisive role in the allied victory the soviet union consequently occupied much of central and eastern europe and emerged as one of the world s two superpowers after the war.
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The country s primary goals in the post soviet era were joining the european union and nato in 2004.
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. Map of soviet union. It was a one party state governed by the communist party with moscow as its capital in its largest republic the russian sfsr other major urban centers were leningrad kiev minsk tashkent. The soviet union officially the union of soviet socialist republics ussr was a federal socialist state in northern eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991. Geography of the soviet union.
On december 25 unable to stop the republics from asserting their independence gorbachev resigned and the soviet union was officially dissolved. It was two and a half times the size of the united states and only slightly smaller in land area than the entire continent of north america. At the same time ussr ranked 3rd in the world with 293 047 571 million june 1991 population. Blizhneye zarubezhye are the 15 sovereign states that emerged and re emerged from the union of soviet socialist republics following its breakup in 1991 with russia being the primary de facto internationally recognized successor state to the soviet union after the cold war while ukraine by law proclaimed.
Armenia azerbaijan belorussia now belarus estonia georgia kazakhstan kirgiziya now kyrgyzstan latvia lithuania moldavia now moldova russia. It covered most of the northern half of asia and a large part of eastern europe extending even into the. The country existed as a soviet union republic from 1940 to 1990 and was known as soviet lithuania or the lithuanian ssr. In western europe the term eastern bloc generally referred to the ussr and its satellite states in the comecon east germany poland czechoslovakia hungary romania bulgaria and albania.
With the eastern part of europe and the northern part of asia the ussr has become the world s largest country with a surface area of 22 402 400 km. Nominally a union of multiple national soviet republics in practice its government and economy were highly centralized until its final years. Soviet union in full union of soviet socialist republics u s s r russian soyuz sovetskikh sotsialisticheskikh respublik or sovetsky soyuz former northern eurasian empire 1917 22 1991 stretching from the baltic and black seas to the pacific ocean and in its final years consisting of 15 soviet socialist republics s s r s. In asia the soviet bloc comprised the mongolian people s republic the socialist republic of vietnam the lao people s democratic republic and the people s republic of kampuchea the democratic people s republic of korea and the people s republic of china before the sino soviet split in 1961.
Union of soviet socialist republics or ussr. Some of the maps have a graphic style more colorful and visually appealing than many topographic maps from. After the fall of the soviet union a large number of topographic maps covering much of the world became available in the west. The story behind these maps is told on the informative soviet maps website.
The post soviet states also known as the former soviet union the former soviet republics and in russia as the near abroad russian. Real power now lay in the hands of the component republics such as russia and ukraine. Between 1946 and 1949 stalin arranged for local communists to take power in the occupied areas of. Historical map of europe the mediterranean 25 december 1991 collapse of the soviet union.
The failure of the august coup broke the communist party and ended soviet dominance. There are dealers who will sell you sets of maps on cd or dvd but there are also some websites that allow you to download some individual maps for parts of europe and asia for free. A map showing the former ussr. The geography of the soviet union includes the geographic features of countries of the former union of soviet socialist republics.
The soviet union suffered the largest loss of life in the war but halted the axis advance at intense battles such as stalingrad eventually driving through eastern europe and capturing berlin in 1945. The republic of lithuania is one of the three baltic states located in northern europe covering about 25 000 square miles. The soviet union full name. Soviet lithuania was.
One of the important political and military power in the world the soviet union was surrounded with norway finland the baltic sea poland czechoslovakia hungary and romania in the west and.
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