Reagan: The Waning of the Cold War and Iran-Contra

  • John Dumbrell
Part of the American History in Depth book series (AHD)


The previous chapter illustrated the continuing power of the Vietnam legacy during the Reagan years. This chapter will consider the development of this book’s three other major themes during the second Reagan term. The Reagan—Gorbachev dialogue constituted the crucial moment in the demise of the Cold War. This and the following chapter will examine and seek to explain the manner in which the international system which had held primacy since the late 1940s began to disintegrate. It will discuss the making of foreign policy under Reagan and the implications of the Iran-contr? scandal for democratic foreign policy. Finally, in the context of an evaluation of Reagan’s foreign policy, we consider again the debate over American decline.


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  • John Dumbrell
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  1. 1.Keele UniversityUK

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