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3. Genuine Détente, 1985-89
About this Lecture
In this module, we turn to examine the period of détente from 1985 to 1989. In particular, we will focus on: (i) Gorbachev, and his new policies of Glasnost and Perestroika; (ii) Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan; (iii) US technological superiority; (iv) the various summits between Reagan and Gorbachev; (v) the signing of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty; and (vi) the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In this course, Professor Andrew Preston (University of Cambridge) examines the end of the Cold War from 1979 to 1991. In the first module, we introduce the topic as a whole. After this, we examine the period of renewed escalation from 1979 to 1985. We then turn to examine the period of détente from 1985 to 1989. In the penultimate module, we answer the question "Why did the Cold War end?". In the final module, we explore what the world looked like after the Cold War.
Professor Andrew Preston is Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge. He specialises in the history of American foreign relations, primarily since 1898. He has published widely on this subject, including his books The War Council: McGeorge Bundy, the NSC, and Vietnam, Sword of the Spirit; Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy; and American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction.
Cite this Lecture
Preston, A. (2022, March 17). Cold War – Reagan, Gorbachev and the End of the Cold War, 1979-1991 - Genuine Détente, 1985-89 [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/cold-war-reagan-gorbachev-and-the-end-of-the-cold-war-1979-1991/genuine-detente-1985-89
Preston, Andrew. "Cold War – Reagan, Gorbachev and the End of the Cold War, 1979-1991 – Genuine Détente, 1985-89." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 17 Mar 2022, https://www.massolit.io/courses/cold-war-reagan-gorbachev-and-the-end-of-the-cold-war-1979-1991/genuine-detente-1985-89