Ronald Reagan And The Collapse Of Communism

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As the polite applause washes over Ronald Reagan while he strides to his lectern for the 1980 presidential debate, little was country aware that this former movie star and two-term governor of California would be one of the prime individuals in stopping the spread of communism. From being an actor in Hollywood to helping end the Cold War, Ronald Reagan’s main goal has been to spread democracy to all corners of the world and to remove the communist threat that has been a present issue since World War II. Ever since the overtake of Hollywood due to the communist party, his hatred for communism started and pushed him more towards politics allowing him to seek the presidency over this issue. With his prudence, determination, and his ability to…show more content…
Supporters of these accusations claim that cracks in communistic system were becoming apparent as early as the 1970s, years before Reagan took the stage. With an inherently unworkable system that would have fallen apart sooner or later, many countries in Eastern Europe were already taking actions to convert to a more democratic society. Claiming that citizens of these overtaken regimes ultimately led to the demise of communism in Europe, people with these beliefs assert that this utter collapse was primarily due to the governments falling victim to pro-democracy movements. Stephen Zunes, an active writer who holds the viewpoint that Ronald Reagan and his administration were not solely responsible for the collapse of communism, is a great believer on the matter and supports his claim with a cogent argument that the very people of the countries ruled under communism were the real activists to demand freedom from the rope ties that they were under. Zunes explains in his article “Don’t Credit Reagan for Ending the Cold War” (The Progressive 2009) in compliance with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that “A new generation of more educated people started to be active. Then society required freedom, society demanded freedom.” He goes on to say that “The reality is that it was the people…show more content…
These beliefs tie into the ideas that changes to the Soviet Union were well under way prior to Reagan’s arrival to Washington D.C. Many also suggest that Reagan’s policies were limited only to the United States claim to victory in the Cold War and that they had no impact on the people of Eastern Europe. In addition, they also declare that Gorbachev’s policies were in favor of the people that were first handedly affected by the problems of communism and that Reagan’s actions were obsolete. Robert J. Allison, an involved writer that agrees with the belief that Reagan had little to do with the end of communism and that he and his administration should not be given full credit for the demise of communism, holds a strong, compelling opinion on how Mikhail Gorbachev deserves the credit for leading the people of Eastern Europe to freedom. Allison explains in his article “End of Cold War: Did Ronald Reagan Win the Cold War?” (History in Dispute 2000) that “What led the United States to victory is more accurately a

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