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Calen
March 27th, 2006, 06:50 PM
Hello, history buffs.

I have to write an essay on the what caused the end of the Cold War. If any of you have anything to say on the subject, please say it. I am exhausted and pretty much incapable of doing any of my own thinking at the moment.

Contributing factors? Anyone? :collapse:

Philosophia
March 27th, 2006, 07:09 PM
Some links:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/coldwar/

How did the Cold War come to an end?
During the 1970's and early 1980's, the Soviet economy was deteriorating under the cumulative effects of a centralized bureaucratic system, the burdens of an increasingly costly arms race, and a failed war in Afghanistan. A new generation of leadership came to power in 1985 in the person of Gorbachev. He was determined to end the Cold War and to bring economic and political reform to the Soviet Union. He initiated dramatic new agreements with the United States, involving unilateral concessions in the armaments race. He also brought an end to Soviet support of client governments in Eastern Europe and in Cuba. He relaxed the police state repression in the Soviet empire and took steps to introduce a democratic political process.
These initiatives rapidly improved relations with the United States and brought an end to the Cold War. What Gorbachev had not anticipated, however, was that, without the domination of the police and a monopoly of power in the hands of the Communist Party, the Soviet empire would collapse into 16 different national parts. Nationalism, always a potent force in the modern world, brought about the collapse of the Soviet Union by 1991.
From http://www2.sunysuffolk.edu/westn/coldwar.html
http://regentsprep.org/Regents/global/themes/conflict/coldwar.cfm
http://www.colorado.edu/AmStudies/lewis/2010/collapse.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_war
http://www.thecorner.org/hists/europe/coldwar.htm
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1272/is_2691_131/ai_95916122

Little Billy
March 27th, 2006, 08:27 PM
Communism doesn't work.

The End.

Calen
March 28th, 2006, 07:26 AM
Thanks for your input.

RunningBear
March 28th, 2006, 09:01 AM
I blame the end of the cold war on global warming. :lol:

Zibblsnrt
March 29th, 2006, 04:01 PM
Hello, history buffs.

I have to write an essay on the what caused the end of the Cold War. If any of you have anything to say on the subject, please say it. I am exhausted and pretty much incapable of doing any of my own thinking at the moment.

Contributing factors? Anyone? :collapse:

Well, one of the two superpowers did kind of implode and cease to exist...

Calen
March 29th, 2006, 05:12 PM
Well, one of the two superpowers did kind of implode and cease to exist...

Yep. I thought at first that there must have been something involving both superpowers that actually ended it, but no. It was just that the Soviet flame petered out. That's the angle I'm using now.

Cain
April 1st, 2006, 08:00 AM
Ethnic tension and an overstretched military, as well as a government who wasn't prepared to do a Stalin to stay in power.

I did this before once and got a 1:1 for an anwser along those lines. Try the CIA website for some analysis, as well as Mearsheimer.

E/O/T.