I find striking the nature of Gorbachev as a leader himself. Weve often asked the
question of whether its personality or ideology that has shaped some of the results
of the Cold War, and also general geopolitics. Fascinating in Gorbachev were that
Its been interesting to see how Soviet and Chinese leaders have changed in their
ideologies over the aspects of the Cold War weve studied so far. Stalin and Mao,
though not contemporaries for long, both shared highly focused ideological beliefs.
A fascinating aspect of the reading, especially in Kissinger, was that Mao had had a
certain expectation of Chinas thawing to American diplomacy that did not pan out.
Mao had expected that US-Soviet differences would, in the end, prevent any
WHO/WHAT STARTED THE COLD WAR?
1. Rise of nation-states
2. Systems of state. Differing internal systems
between the US and Russia, and a new
consciousness of these differences
3. Lenin. Nov. 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and the
US response to it, in light of