General Mikhail Gorbachev

Topics: Soviet Union, Cold War, Mikhail Gorbachev Pages: 4 (879 words) Published: May 14, 2014
08.02 The 1980s History Assignment
Part 1: Choose eight events from the lesson. Complete the following chart by using information from the lesson and putting it into your own words. two must be political events
two must be economic events
two must be social events
two events of your choice

Event Name
Type of Event
1980 Election
This was a political event because it caused a change in the government. Americans wanted a firm, patriotic leader who had a plan to fix the economic problems carrying over from the 1970s. Jimmy Carter was running for reelection, and Americans overall were very unhappy with his leadership. Ronald Reagan emerged as his challenger, a former actor with great public skills and a plan. They elected Ronald Reagan in 1980 that had a controversial plan for fixing the U.S. economy, later dubbed “Reaganomics.”  Reagan Challenges Gorbachev

 This was a political event because it deals with Ronald Reagan addressing Mikhail Gorbachev.  
 This because Mikhail Gorbachev was making changes in Russia so Reagan decided to challenge that.  
 This was during the time period of when Mikhail Gorbachev was changing the outlook and things were in Russia for example “Glasnost: political reform targeting corruption that began to allow freedom of the press, access to government information, and citizen protest of government policy”  This inspired many Germans and they started to climb over the Berlin Wall.  The Cold War finally ended?

 Mikhail Gorbachev took control of the Soviet Union in 1980.  
 He believed that Soviet Union could change by implementing new programs.  
So the two new programs he implemented are as follows: Perestroika: economic reform that included removing restrictions on private ownership, reducing government oversight on trade, and allowing for foreign investment in Soviet industry and Glasnost: political reform targeting corruption...
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