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p. 866. Who ended the Cold War— Reagan or Gorbachev?locked

  • Gil Troy

Abstract

“Who ended the Cold War: Reagan or Gorbachev?” examines the role Reagan played in ending the Cold War. When Reagan was inaugurated, his anti-Communist stance caused many to fear nuclear war, and Reagan's foreign policy restored America's muscular standing in the world after the Carter years. However, after surviving his assassination attempt, Reagan believed he was meant to bring about peace. He forged a productive partnership with Mikhail Gorbachev, and despite public trust in him being shaken after the Iran-Contra scandal, he continued negotiations for peace. Crucially, Reagan was the right man, in the right place, at the right time.

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