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Cold War – Reagan, Gorbachev and the End of the Cold War, 1979-1991

2. Renewed Escalation, 1979-85

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Lecture

In this module, we will examine the period of renewed escalation from 1979 to 1985. In particular, we will explore: (i) the crises of the 1960s and 70s; (ii) the Iranian Revolution in 1979; (iii) the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan in 1979; (iv) the election of Ronald Reagan and his beliefs about the Cold War; (v) Reagan's policies to escalate the Cold War; (vi) the Soviet shoot-down of Korean Air Lines Flight 007; (vii) Operation Able Archer and its effect on Reagan's thinking about the Cold War.

Course

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.

Lecturer

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.

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Preston, A. (2022, March 17). Cold War – Reagan, Gorbachev and the End of the Cold War, 1979-1991 - Renewed Escalation, 1979-85 [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/cold-war-reagan-gorbachev-and-the-end-of-the-cold-war-1979-1991/renewed-escalation-1979-85

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Preston, Andrew. "Cold War – Reagan, Gorbachev and the End of the Cold War, 1979-1991 – Renewed Escalation, 1979-85." 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/renewed-escalation-1979-85

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