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What is Gorbachev's new approach to US-Soviet relations in the mid-to late 190s?The...

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lishawei | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 23, 2012 at 5:51 AM via web

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What is Gorbachev's new approach to US-Soviet relations in the mid-to late 190s?

The essay question is How far do you agree with the view that the Cold War came to an end because of Mikhail Gorbachev's new approach to US-Soviet relations in the mid-to late 1980s.

I said there are other factors such as Reagan's second cold war and popular protests which brought the cold war to an end. 

However, I'm not too sure if i'm missing anything from Gorbachev's new approach to US-Soviet relations. This is what I have:

- His policy to reduce arms, non-intervention policy in E.E and Perestroika and Glastnost (though i'm not sure if this could be considered as an approach to US-Soviet relations).

My main argument is basically Gorbachev established an atmosphere which allowed the West to feel they were able to start negotiations and co-operate with the Soviets.

Is there something I'm missing, or haven't mentioned and should?

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thisuserhasmadeabadusername | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted May 24, 2012 at 2:03 PM (Answer #1)

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Mentioning that with the Polish independence movement, Gorbachev refused to send in military forces to crush it (this was the one when Lech Walesa got out of jail).  Gorbachev had the foresight that communism was failing, and he tried to save it trhough positive countermeasures, such as the Perestroika and Glasnost you mentioned already.  However, he actually led to the the fall of communism in Eastern-Central Europe, and he was actually even named TIME's man of the decade.  My history teacher described him as a great, forward thinking man.

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