Visions of Reagan and Gorbachev during the 1980s


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Visions of Reagan and Gorbachev during the 1980s
This essay is about the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1980s, and how their leaders reacted to one another’s nations. When United States President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev were ruling their two respective superpowers, their visions of the old dispute between communism and capitalism were less divisive in some ways than we may remember. It was in part due to Gorbachev’s adoption of Perestroika. Reagan’s apparent willingness to take on anyone may have put the Soviet leader on the back foot, especially as the Soviet Union was going broke.
The leaders’ saw relationship between capitalism and communism and democracy and dictatorship differently....
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.....rge commercial country that is still going through the aftershocks of the Soviet experiment. The speeches of Reagan and Gorbachev are extremely telling documents about a showdown of ideologies backed by large nations with amazingly huge armies. Nonetheless, the United States had a more operable system of government and is today still a model for commercial progress. Communism where it still exists today is a nightmare, and Gorbachev proved that he loved his people more than an idea.
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