Mikhail Gorbachev: The Man Who Ended The Cold War

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Despite his popularity in the US as “The Man Who Beat Communism”, Reagan’s presidency during the 1980s was only a sidekick to Gorbachev in the efforts to end the Cold War. Reagan’s actions against the USSR did not scare the nation into reforms, but Gorbachev’s impact in the Cold War, reforming the Soviet Union and oversight of communism’s peaceful transition into democracy during the late 80s overshadows Reagan’s seemingly token actions, portraying clearly that the only man which can hold the title of the “Man Who Ended the Cold War” with any credibility is Mikhail Gorbachev.
The claim that Reagan’s increasing actions against communism and the USSR directly led to the appointment of reformist Mikhail Gorbachev to the post of General Secretary in 1985 is a misleading
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In present, Reagan’s supporters idolise him for having, as right-wing political activist Dinesh D’Souza puts it, “produced the most stunning diplomatic feat of the modern era”, ended the Cold War. At the same time he dismisses Gorbachev as a man who simply “presented himself as the preserver, not the destroyer, of socialism.”. Rationalizing that, “when the Soviet Union collapsed, no one was more surprised than Gorbachev”. He claims that Reagan’s hostile actions towards the USSR, such as the invasion of the communist island of Grenada in 1983, his support policy for anti communist guerrillas and his 1.5 trillion arms race establish the context for “Mikhail Gorbachev’s ascent to power in early 1985”. After all, “Gorbachev was indeed a new breed of Soviet general secretary, utterly unlike any of his predecessors”. He wishes us to comprehend that, “the main reason is that the Politburo had come to recognize the failure of past Soviet strategies” and it was “why he was appointed by the Old Guard”. This claim fails to acknowledge various more complex

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