Reagan Administration and Beyond
March-07-13 11:31 AM
- Would be less sharp during his second term.
- Signs of Alzheimer's?
- Would fall asleep.
- Reagan's second term was increasingly acceptable of the Soviets.
○ Gorbachev, the Soviet leader, was willing to become more
accommodating to the U.S. in order to save cash money.
He also proposed a withdrawal of nuclear weapons and Reagan
agreed to the idea of both countries withdrawing their nuclear
Reagan's advisors jumped on him, and the United States reneged on
Both countries eventually agreed to reduce the amount of weapons
George H. W. Bush
- Was Reagan's vice president and won the Republican nomination.
- Bush would become the president for one term before losing to Bill Clinton.
- Had fought Reagan for Republican nomination, but lost…
○ Reagan picked him to be vice president.
- Was not ideologue and had a lot of international experience:
○ U.S. ambassador to UN.
Soviet Union and political, military and economic commitments all over the world.
- To Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, etc. and most of the Eastern European states.
- It was fighting in Afghanistan, and it was getting expensive (almost as much as
- Gorbachev did a number of things that would eventually bring down the Soviet
○ Soviet Union would renounce the Brezhnev Doctrine, which justified
intervention in other countries, such as Afghanistan.
Following the renunciation, they "encouraged" other countries to find Following the renunciation, they "encouraged" other countries to find
their own paths to socialism, even if it would only include variants of
- Over time, a series of pro-democracy movements would occur.
In China, however, something very different would occur. While the Communist
regimes were crumbling in 1989 because pro-democracy movements were rising,
protesters in Tiananmen Square would be killed by the Chinese army.
- We don't know how many people were killed.
- Some would describe it as a "massacre."
- Japan has made an attempt to collect statistics.
- This started because some Chinese students at Beijing University because
students from abroad that lived in the dorms weren't subject to the same curfew
times as the Chinese students: they were allowed to stay out.
○ They started to protest against the administration of Beijing University and
demanded more freedom.