Introducing Gorbachev: U.S.-Soviet Relations 1983–1985
This chapter follows the story of U.S.-Soviet relations in the 1980s from the critical juncture of 1983 until the end of 1985. These turned out to be the Reagan Administration’s middle years and Mikhail Gorbachev’s first, since he became General Secretary in March of 1985 and met with President Reagan in Geneva in November. There had been a mini-thaw at the beginning of the period, and there was fresh momentum at the end. But neither was inevitable, and the path from one to the other was extremely crooked.
KeywordsSoviet Leader Soviet Policy Soviet People Offensive Weapon Strategic Defense Initiative
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