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The Myth of Triumphalism: Rethinking President Reagan's Cold War Legacy

Beth A. Fischer


Virtually no one anticipated the ending of the Cold War. Understanding how this long-standing conflict was peacefully resolved can give us insight into how to conclude other seemingly intractable conflicts. Triumphalists believe that President Ronald Reagan “won” the Cold War by building up US military power and threatening the USSR. His hard-line policies forced Moscow to reduce its arsenal, adopt democratic reforms, withdraw from its war in Afghanistan, and ultimately collapse. Triumphalists assert that contemporary leaders should follow Reagan’s example bycompelling adversaries into submiss ... More

Keywords: Ronald Reagan, Cold War, Triumphalism, US foreign policy, Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, Nuclear disarmament, Strategic Defense Initiative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780813178172
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813178172.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beth A. Fischer, author
Woodsworth College, University of Toronto