Lecture 8 - The End of the Cold War

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Lecture 8 – The End of the Cold War   03:17 I. Intro: Evaluating the End of the Cold War A. The Remarkable Nature of the End 1. Following the end of the Vietnam War, a. Nixon opens up trade with China b. A period of détente with Russia 2. Iranian Hostage Crisis 3. Russians invading Afghanistan 4. Reunification of Germany II. Levels of Analysis and the End of the Cold War A. Problems of Systemic Level 1. Difficulty Explaining Change a. The world is still anarchic at the end of the Cold War 2. Soviet Union’s “Unrealistic” Behavior a. Redistributed their power causing it to self-destruct 1) Power redistributed unproportionately to the United States a) Problem is that in a unipolar world, the rest of the world should  have banded together against the U.S. to balance the world out b) Russia should have lashed out (1) Neither this nor natural balancing occurred B. National Level 1. Shift from Ideology to System Success
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a. End of the Cold War came about because of the Communist economic  system  1) Could not compete with the Western Democracies 2) U.S. wins; Russia loses C. Emphasis on Individual Level 1. Prominent Role of Individual Actors a. Ronald Reagan was largely responsible for the end of the Cold War 1) Pushed through his foreign policies forcing Russia to negotiate as  well as reform its own domestic policies b. Mikael Gorbachev 1) Willing to work with the Americans III. Perspectives on the End of the Cold War A. National Level Factors 1. U.S. and Successful Containment 2. USSR and Communist System Collapse a. Kept putting the old guys in power 1) Died after being in office for only a few years a) Promoted a younger face (Gorbachev) b. Kruschev implements Stalification c. Gorbachev implements 1) Parastroika a) Gave the people autonomy of decision 2) Glasnos
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