Archie Brown’s most recent books are The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age and The Rise and Fall of Communism. (March 2017)


How Did the Cold War Really End?

Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan at the White House, December 1987

The End of the Cold War, 1985–1991

by Robert Service
In retrospect everything about the cold war’s ending can appear deceptively simple. The Soviet economy could not keep up with that of the United States or, indeed, with the fast-developing market economies in Asia. Thus it was left with no alternative but to undertake fundamental reform. Ronald Reagan’s support for …