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Archie Brown

The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher and the End of the Cold War

Archie Brown

Thursday, 2 April 2020

10:00am

1 hour

St Cross College

£7 - £12.50

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Leading expert on Mikhail Gorbachev Professor Archie Brown argues that the Cold War was not ended because of America’s military and economic strength but by the rise of Gorbachev and the relationships between the main political leaders.

Brown draws on interviews with leading Soviet and British figures from the period to argue that Communist rule would have continued in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe if anyone other than Gorbachev had come to power. He says the strong relationship Margaret Thatcher formed with both Gorbachev and Reagan meant she was able to act as a conduit between the US and the Soviet Union and sell Gorbachev to Washington.

Brown is emeritus professor of politics at the University of Oxford and a fellow of the British Academy. He is author of many books on the Soviet Union and its demise. He was the first person to draw Thatcher’s attention to Gorbachev as a potential reforming leader of the Soviet Union.

This event is part a series presented by the British Academy.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Steer Oxford Botanic Garden