The End Of The Cold War Analysis

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When someone examines the end of the Cold War, there are many different point of views they can take a look at. Some are on the extreme end of the spectrum and some give credit to almost everyone. The three articles given in “H111, 07: The Historiographical Debate over the End of the Cold War” all have different views to who and why the Cold War ended. When studying these articles, one must realize that they used different sources to conclude their ideas. If they all used the same sources, all the articles would be similar in the question of who ended the Cold War. This variety of views helped historians piece together the significance of everyone who had an impact on the Soviet Union collapsing and the Cold War ending. Looking at the differences …show more content…
This kind of thinking is known as the triumphalist mindset. They believe that Reagan’s aggressive military power and policies caused the end of the Cold War. They support Reagan until the end and do not completely acknowledge the other side, and when they do, they tend be favored towards Reagan. The author of this article was a triumphalist; therefore this first document is biased when we discuss the Cold War and how it ended. D’ Souza would mention how Reagan knew the Soviet Union was weak but “the question was not whether it would collapse, but when.” This article would make Soviets look like the ones in the wrongdoing and would mention how they “had rapid advances in Asia, Africa and South America” , and Reagan administration had no other choice but to challenge them and mention the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and Pershing II. D’ Souza would not look at Reagan and think he was not that smart and went with the flow. He inclined toward Reagan as if he believed he had a thought out plan leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Throughout the article, D’ Souza emphasized the military tactics Reagan used, which leads one to believe the author felt strongly about military intervention having an impact on the end. The author also focused in on the idea of the “Reagan Doctrine” and its significance. While looking through this particular article, someone would realize that President Ronald Reagan had a huge impact on the outcome and collapse of the

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