5 - Did President Reagan Win the Cold War? The first...

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Did President Reagan Win the Cold War? The first article has John Lewis Gaddis praising the strengths of President Reagan. According to him, Reagan had deftness in the ability to simplify complex scenarios. Reagan was confident that communism will ultimately always be conquered by capitalism and democracy. Reagan was determined to break the psychological standstill that had been idling for so many years by using rhetoric and relevant knowledge. He used simple, yet powerful words to penetrate into the emotions; words like “good” and “evil” and “sin.” Things began improving once Gorbachev was brought into office and he was driven to negotiate with Reagan and end the arms race, though neither ever agreed to abolish nuclear weapons completely. Reagan next obstinately urged to Gorbachev that maintaining his “evil” communist nation was futile. In the second article, Deudney and Ikenberry open by stressing the historical importance of the culmination of the Cold War. They say the United States clouded the Soviet’s
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2011 for the course GOVT 312L taught by Professor Dennis during the Summer '11 term at University of Texas.

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