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The Resource The myth of triumphalism : rethinking President Reagan's Cold War legacy, Beth A. Fischer

The myth of triumphalism : rethinking President Reagan's Cold War legacy, Beth A. Fischer

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The myth of triumphalism : rethinking President Reagan's Cold War legacy
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The myth of triumphalism
Title remainder
rethinking President Reagan's Cold War legacy
Statement of responsibility
Beth A. Fischer
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Rethinking President Reagan's Cold War legacy
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eng
Summary
"Did President Reagan's hawkish policies destroy the Soviet Union and enable the United States to win the Cold War? Many Americans believe this to be the case. In this view -- known as 'triumphalism' -- Reagan's denunciations of the 'evil empire' and his military buildup compelled Moscow to admit defeat. The president's triumph demonstrates that America's leaders should stand strong and threaten adversaries into submission. Drawing on both US and Soviet sources, this study demonstrates that triumphalism is a series of falsehoods about President Reagan's intentions, his policies, and the impact his administration had on the Soviet Union. In reality, the president's initially hardline posture undermined US interests and brought the superpowers to the brink of war. This work exposes Reagan's dedication to diplomacy and his unorthodox views about global security, which frequently brought him into conflict with his own advisers and allies. The president did not seek to destroy the USSR; rather, he sought to eliminate nuclear weapons. This volume also explains why Moscow chose to abandon the arms race, adopt democratic reforms, and withdraw from its ill-fated war in Afghanistan. These initiatives were part of a reform movement that had been growing in the USSR for decades before Reagan entered office. The Kremlin did not acquiesce to American pressure; rather, Soviet reformers believed the arms race had been futile and sought to move beyond the Cold War. In fact, President Reagan's initially aggressive policies had made it more difficult for Moscow to pursue these revolutionary reforms. Ultimately President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev together were able to accomplish what no one at the time thought possible -- the peaceful conclusion of the Cold War. The president's opposition to nuclear weapons, his determined leadership, and his dedication to diplomacy are his most enduring legacies"--
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1964-
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Fischer, Beth A.
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
Series statement
Studies in conflict, diplomacy, and peace
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  • Reagan, Ronald
  • Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich
  • Cold War
  • United States
  • Soviet Union
  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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The myth of triumphalism : rethinking President Reagan's Cold War legacy, Beth A. Fischer
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Triumphalism and President Reagan's Cold War legacy -- Engaging the enemy -- Reagan's military buildup: "busting the Soviet Union"? -- The Strategic Defense Initiative: ending the MADness -- Soviet new thinking and the withdrawal from Afghanistan -- Moscow calls off the arms race -- The triumph of diplomacy and leadership
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on1112142087
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
198 pages
Isbn
9780813178172
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1112142087
Label
The myth of triumphalism : rethinking President Reagan's Cold War legacy, Beth A. Fischer
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Triumphalism and President Reagan's Cold War legacy -- Engaging the enemy -- Reagan's military buildup: "busting the Soviet Union"? -- The Strategic Defense Initiative: ending the MADness -- Soviet new thinking and the withdrawal from Afghanistan -- Moscow calls off the arms race -- The triumph of diplomacy and leadership
Control code
on1112142087
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
198 pages
Isbn
9780813178172
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1112142087

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