The End Of The Cold War Essay

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Abstract: This article discusses the end of the Cold War, covering the period from Reagan?s inauguration to the reunification of Germany, which marked the end of the last remnant in Europe of the Cold War. It looks at several factors that brought the conflict to a close: arms control, human rights issues, and ongoing conflicts in Latin America between the Soviet Union and the United States. The most important meetings and summits between the United States and the Soviet Union are discussed, including areas where negotiation failed as well as succeeded. It also analyzes the reasons for Reagan?s embrace of negotiations with the Soviets as well as the reasons for Gorbachev?s desire for internal reform and his openness to the West. This article is based on the scholarship of Thomas Maddux in the Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy (2002), and Thomas Lindenberger in Europe Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction (2006). Author Bio: Zeb Larson is a Ph.D. candidate in history at The Ohio State University. He received his BA from Lewis & Clark College in 2010, and his MA from McGill University in 2012. His research focus is in diplomatic history, U.S. history, and African history. COLD WAR TERMINATION Most historians and foreign policy analysts in 1981 did not anticipate that within a decade the Cold War would be over and that it would end with relatively little violence and the end of the Soviet Union. Structural forces have received considerably less attention

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