Fighting the Cold War
By Greg Sabo
Created 2 years ago
Many people still credit Mikhail Gorbachev for single-handedly ending the Cold War, however, the vast majority of the credit truly goes to Ronald Reagan and the “Reagan Doctrine” approach to Soviet Expansionism.
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Slide 1 - (Oliver)
Slide 2 - Mikhail Gorbachev and the End of the Cold War
- Many people around the world think Mikhail Gorbachev ended the Cold War.
- Gorbachev credits himself for making the tough decisions during that time.
- “What we were able to achieve within the country and in the international arena was of enormous importance. It predetermined the course of events in ending the Cold war, moving toward a new world order and, in spite of everything, producing gradual movement away from a totalitarian state to a democracy.” (Steele)
- These same people reject the notion that Ronald Reagan was somehow responsible for ending the Cold War.
- (Mikhail Gorbachev)
Slide 3 - Many people still credit Mikhail Gorbachev for single-handedly ending the Cold War, however, the vast majority of the credit truly goes to Ronald Reagan and the “Reagan Doctrine” approach to Soviet Expansionism.
Slide 4 - It Was “A Time for Choosing”
Slide 5 - Ronald Reagan
- "We must stand by all our democratic allies. And we must not break faith with those who are risking their lives—on every continent, from Afghanistan to Nicaragua—to defy Soviet-supported aggression and secure rights which have been ours from birth."
- (Ronald Reagan)
Slide 6 - The Reagan Revolution
- He sought to change Americans’ attitudes toward their country, their government, and the world.
- Entering the White House in January 1981, he promised to restore Americans’ faith in their nation and themselves, to shrink “Big Government,” and to defend America more aggressively, especially against the Soviet Union.
- At his inauguration, he proclaimed: “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.”
- Challenging the rebellion of the 1960s and the defeatist problems of the 1970s, his American restoration delivered patriotism, prosperity, and peace back to the nation.
- American pride revived as the economy soared and the Soviet domination of Eastern Europe collapsed. (Troy)
Slide 7 - Peace Through Strength
- Increased defense spending by 35%.
- Actively sought to improve relations with Soviet Union.
- Negotiated a treaty with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev that would eliminate intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
- Declared war on international terrorism.
- Bombed Libya in response to attack in West Berlin on American Soldiers.
- Ensured the free passage in the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq war by deploying U.S. Navy to escort oil tankers.
- Provided support to anti-Communist insurgencies in Central America, Asia, and Africa.
- Overall, the nation saw a restoration of prosperity, and the goal of peace through strength seemed to be within grasp. (Freidel)
- (The Original Gangster)
Slide 9 - Berlin Wall Speech - June 12, 1987
- (President Reagan's Berlin Wall Speech - June 12, 1987)
Slide 10 - Gerard Malie | AFP | Getty Images
- Berlin Wall coming down, November, 1989.
Slide 11 - Work Cited
- Hayward, Steven F. “Remembering "A Time for Choosing" by Ronald Reagan." YouTube. Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library, 24 Oct. 2014. Web. 9 May 2015.
- Freidel, Frank, and High Sidey. "Ronald Reagan." Presidents. The White House, 2006. Web. 9 May 2015.
- Mikhail Gorbachev. Digital image. Time.com. Web.
- Oliver, Bruno. "TSAR BOMB. Nuclear Explosion." YouTube. YouTube, 6 Mar. 2012. Web. 9 May 2015.
- Perdices, Alex. "The Largest Nuclear Bomb / Tsar Bomba." YouTube. YouTube, 27 Mar. 2014. Web. 9 May 2015.
- "President Reagan's Berlin Wall Speech - June 12, 1987." YouTube. YouTube, 8 June 2012. Web. 9 May 2015.
- Reagan. Digital image. US Daily Review. Web.
- Ronald Reagan. Digital image. Whitehouse.gov. Web.
- Steele, Jonathan. "Mikhail Gorbachev: I Should Have Abandoned the Communist Party Earlier." The Guardian. 16 Aug. 2011. Web. 8 May 2015.
- “The Original Gangster”-Ronald Reagan in Sweatpants. Digital image. LYGODC. 30 July 2013. Web.
- Troy, Gil. "The Age of Reagan." History by Era 1945 to the Present. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Web. 8 May 2015.