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Engaging the Evil Empire – Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War

Simon Miles


In a narrative-redefining approach, this book dramatically alters how we look at the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Tracking key events in US–Soviet relations across the years between 1980 and 1985, the book shows that covert engagement gave way to overt conversation as both superpowers determined that open diplomacy was the best means of furthering their own, primarily competitive, goals. The book details the history of these dramatic years, as President Ronald Reagan consistently applied a disciplined carrot-and-stick approach, reaching out to Moscow while at the same time excoriating ... More

Keywords: Cold War, US–Soviet relations, covert engagement, superpowers, open diplomacy, President Ronald Reagan, Soviet Union, Moscow, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501751691
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501751691.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Miles, author
Duke University