History 2301E Lecture Notes - Boris Yeltsin, Oliver North, Mikhail Gorbachev

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Lecture 47, part 2 the 1980s: administration tried to take the hit, but showed reagan didn"t know what was going on in his own administration, iran-contra hearings. Oliver north on trial, said he did everything in the name of patriotism. 14 people charged, president bush issued 6 pardons later. Left with the highest approval rating since fdr. Mikhail gorbachev: saw need for reform in the soviet union, started restructuring program. Attended summit meeting with reagan, gorbachev wanted to abolish all nuclear weapons, but reagan refused. Bush: 1988: reagan"s vice president george h. w. Naval aviator, from connecticut, later drawn into texas for oil: 1989: berlin wall torn down, 1991: baltic states declared independence, gorbachev resigned because there was no more soviet union. Boris yeltsin the new leader; united states hesitant to recognize them and the other baltic states. Marks the end of the cold war: bush focused on the middle east. Iran and iraq at war: the persian gulf war, 1991.

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