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Political Change In the French and Russian Revolutions could political change have occurred without bloodshed and the use of force In the French and Russian Revolutions there was a lot of force and bloodshed used Can political change occur without the use of bloodshed and force I think it can happen although there are very few people that have done it There is still many years to come yet so people still have their chance to change from wars and violence to means of peace to obtain political change If people would compromise instead of using violence we wouldnt have to fight to death and we would actually have more people alive today Mikhail Gorbachev was one person who sought to reform society by introducing perestroika restructuring of the economy in the former USSR and glasnost openness in political and cultural affairs in former Soviet Union These reforms met stiff opposition within the Communist party in cracys control over m any aspects of Soviet domestic life Gorbachev in 1989 and 1990 shifted some power from the party to popularly elected legislatures and greatly strengthened the powers of the presidency Augmentation of his constitutional prerogatives did not however enhance Gorbachevs ability to control developments in Eastern Europe where Soviet influence declined republics where rising nationalism posed a serious challenge to the viability of the Soviet state In international affairs Gorbachev withdrew Soviet troops from Afghanistan normalized relations with China and after a series of meetings with US President Ronald Reagan negotiated a treaty with the US to eliminate medium and certain shorter-range missiles from the two nations nuclear arsenals In December 1989 Gorbachev conferred with US President George Bush on nuclear and chemical weapons reductions He also met at the Vatican with John Paul 2 the first Soviet leader to have an audience with a pope Gorbachev paid a state visit to Canada and then met again with George Bush in May 1990 In
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