November 30 - Reagan and a New Cold War

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History of the Cold War November 30, 2007 Reagan and a New Cold War (Early 1980s) “Evil Empire Speech” o Reagan speech at the National Association of Evangelicals conference o Didn’t want Congress to deny him funds to fight USSR and build MX Missile o “They” are the evil empire and “we” are the beacon of freedom and democracy o Evangelical movement lauded the speech, most others found it too simplistic or inaccurate Nuclear Freeze movement in America was a reaction to the fear that Reagan had brought America closer to nuclear war o Fierce polarization in politics Why did US-Soviet tensions worsen, 1980-1983? o Soviet actions exacerbated US hostility suspicion War in Afghanistan continued Belief that Soviets were meddling in Latin America Attempt to divide Western Europe and US Soviets sought to divide NATO alliance Shooting down Korean Airlines 007, 1983 Over 300 people killed o Reagan team’s rhetoric inflames tensions Reagan denounced Soviet immorality 1981 Reagan did not meet with Soviet leaders for 3 years US is greatest repository of moral virtue around the world Pentagon talked of fighting and winning nuclear war Reagan radio joke, 1984 Reagan’s seeming hostility toward the USSR put the Soviets on
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course HISTORY 354 taught by Professor Foglesong during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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