President Ronald Reagan And Soviet Leaders Gorbachev From 1985-1988

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To what extent did the four summits between President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev from 1985-1988 contribute to ending the Cold War?

Zachary Gee
Teacher: Mr. Michael Peters
History IB HL: Internal Assessment
School: Old Scona Academic High School
March 8th, 2015
IB Number: 000161-0030

Word Count: 1997

Section A: Plan of Investigation

This investigation examines to what extent did the four summits between President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev from 1985-1988 contribute to ending the Cold War? My research assesses whether the summits were the main catalyst for ending the war or whether there were broader political and economic forces from both the USA and USSR that ended it. The years from 1985 to 1993 will be the main focus.

The method used includes both Soviet and American primary and secondary historical resources to gather wide ranged evidence and a more balanced perspective. Two sources will also be evaluated in depth for value, weakness and or limitation– the books Reagan and Gorbachev by Jack Matlock, and On my Country and the World by Mikhail Gorbachev. They provide contrasting points of view of narration from powerful government individuals of both the American-Western inner perspective and the inside Soviet Union perspective.

Word Count: 149
Section B: Summary of Evidence

Broader Political and Economic Soviet Issues:

1) Mikhail Gorbachev was leader of the USSR from 1985-1991.He enacted

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