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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Did Reagan really win the cold war singlehandedly?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    No, he did little to end it, and gets too much credit.

    USSR internally fell apart because of its policies that failed. It would of fell no matter who was in office.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes it was the introduction of the Pershing II, Star Wars and other programs that pushed the Soviet economy to the brink of collaspse as they forced the Russians to try and counter them. Secondly, Reagan's confrontational foreign policy kept the Russians diplomatically on the defensive during much of the 1980's. Before the Russians were flying high with the inept Carter administration and post-Vietnam America.

    Recent releases of Warsaw pact and Soviet documents prove beyond a shadow of a doubt Reagan put the Soviets on a bad footing.

    Source(s): Journal of the Cold War.
  • Mikira
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    1 decade ago

    No. Mikhail Gorbachev helped end it also. By being willing to talk with President Reagan he helped bring the Cold War to an end.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    NOPE! It was the expensive war in Afghanistan and the bankruptcy of the Soviet Union that started during the Breshnev years and finally Gorbachov, a moderate, that ended the Soviet Union Communist system. REagan just put our country more into debt and let the military industrial corporations make billions in profits at the tit of the federal government with the arms buildup.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Pope John Paul II had more to do with it than anyone. His visit to Poland helped to bolster the Solidarity movement leading to the eventual collapse of the Soviet system.

  • Rick N
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    1 decade ago

    Of course not! He had help from Pope John Paul II and Margaret Thatcher.

  • 1 decade ago

    No. Movements from each country within the iron curtain, made central rule from the Kremlin impossible (or at the very least too expensive to maintain.)

  • 1 decade ago

    Actually, It was Reagan at the helm, with much help from Pope John Paul II and Maggie Thatcher.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No.

    Just like Patton didn't really save the a$$ of that general who answered the Germans' call for surrender with a note reading "nuts" single handedly.

    But he led the charge.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    NO, OF COURSE NOT.

    The Soviet Union collapsed because of GORBACHEV not REAGAN.

    A simple thought experiment proves that Reagan did not cause the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    The fact that North Korea, China, Iran, and Cuba did NOT collapse are perfect proof that Reagan's belligerence was NOT the cause of what happened to the Soviet Union.

    If Stalin had still been in charge, the Soviet Union would NOT have collapsed.

  • 1 decade ago

    When the Cold War started, Reagan was busy making classic films like "Bedtime for Bonzo", so I'd have to say no.

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