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Economics ended the Cold War
This interpretation argues that the Cold War was bought to an end because of the USSR's
economic problems that were worsening. As a result of Brezhnev's previous philosophy "win
the Cold War at any cost" , domestic issues had been largely ignored and the…

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Reagan's Role
Ronald Reagan, US President, helped to end the Cold War
Reagan put numerous pressure on the USSR during his first term, exploiting the Soviet
Union's weaknesses, and thus allowing him to negotiate from a position of strength in his
second term. One important pressure was his increase in…

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Eastern Europe and Gorbachev in significantly undermining the USSR also. Further, during
the last years of the USSR, he was not US President, but his former VP George HW Bush

Margaret Thatcher

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Margaret Thatcher's small role in ending the Cold War

It can be argued that Thatcher played an important role as an uncompromising supporter of
Reagan. She and Reagan had the same of the Cold War, viewing communism as an evil to
be repressed. They were both hardline, right wing leaders…

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Gorbachev played a vital role in ending the Cold War

Gorbachev's New Political Thinking was vital in ending the Cold War. He wanted to re
energnize Communism, and to genuinely popular. To do this, he began two policies of
Glasnost, openess, and Perestroika, restructuring the economy. He shifted the USSR…

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The moral bankruptcy of
Marxist- Leninism
The undermining of the theory that society was based on helped to end
the Cold War
The theory of Marxist Leninism, the basis of the Soviet Union, had become discredited by
the 1980s, as it failed to give the people what they wanted or…

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Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul's small role in ending the Cold War

It also argued that Pope John Paul II played a significant role in ending the Cold War, by
challenging the communist government in Poland. As he is Roman Catholic, the biggest
religion in Poland, and Polish,…


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