What Was the Impact of Mikhail Gorbachev’s New Political Thinking

looks at the impact of Gorbachev's new political thinking on the ending of the Cold War

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What was the impact of Mikhail Gorbachev's New Political Thinking?
Gorbachev gained the Soviet leadership in 1985
Wanted to make the Soviet system more productive and responsive
"We can't go on living like this"
Recognised that in order to achieve change within the USSR, military spending had to be
This would only happen if arms limitation talks were reopened with the USA
Arms agreements enabled cuts to be made in military spending without leaving the USSR
exposed to attack, thereby avoiding opposition at home from the Soviet armed forces
Gorbachev's new approach was strengthened by the emergence and promotion of
like-minded individuals of ability
Eduard Shevardnadze replaced the veteran Gromyko as foreign minister in 1985
Gorbachev and Shevardnadze launched a charm offensive on the West with their New
Political Thinking
Margaret Thatcher met Gorbachev in 1984 and declared, `this is a man with whom I can do
The new Soviet leadership viewed confrontation between the superpowers as unproductive
because it led to an escalation in arms and retaliatory measures that increased insecurity
Afghanistan led to a re-evaluation of Soviet intervention in the affairs of other countries


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