Cold War Research Paper

Andrew Deleon
Mrs. Sills
American lit 2
1january 2012

During the early nineties the 2 world superpowers, Russia and the United States of America, had whets some historians called a nuclear arms race. Basically two giants competing on who has the bigger gun (nuclear bomb) The Cold War period of 1985–1991 began with the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev s leader of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev was a revolutionary leader for the USSR, The USSR, facing massive economic difficulties, was also greatly interested in reducing the costly arms race with the US( GLASNOST, or openness, meant a greater willingness on the part of Soviet officials to allow western ideas and goods into the USSR. PERESTROIKA was an initiative that allowed limited market incentives to Soviet citizens (. Gorbachev was hoping that these changes would get the fire going for Russia already low burning economy .the first to make any acts of freedom was Poland in1989.Despite Soviet military interventions in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland itself, Polish voters elected a noncommunist opposition government to their legislature. The world waited so anxiously to see if Russia would take any matters in stopping these political actions that Poland was committing.
Gorbachev however stood by and watched. (. SOON after eastern Europe experienced a dominoes affect with all of her communist dictators as they all fell one by one. By the fall of 1989 Germany tore down the Berlin wall, Hungary got rid of communist regimes and Czechoslovakia followed suit. By mid-1990, many of the Soviet republics had declared their independence. Turmoil in the Soviet Union continued, as there were several attempts at overthrowing Gorbachev. The American home front was impacted in several key areas by the Cold War.
Politically: Perhaps most...