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The End of the Cold War

These resources summarize the events and factors that led to the end of the Cold War. Use these resources to support your students' understanding of the Cold War. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • What was President Ronald Reagan's foreign policy towards the Soviet Union?
  • What changes did Mikhail Gorbachev institute in the Soviet Union in the early 1980s?
  • Which factor do you think was the most responsible for ending the Cold War, Gorbachev's policy changes within the USSR or Reagan's foreign policy? Explain.
  • What happened in 1989 that led to the end of the USSR?


  1. Overview: The End of the Cold War
  2. Visuals: The End of the Cold War (Visual)
  3. Outline: Outline
  4. Lesson: Introduction
  5. Key Question: Ronald Reagan and the Cold War
  6. Photos & Illustrations: Berlin Wall
  7. Photos & Illustrations: Germany: Berliners dance on the Wall
  8. Photos & Illustrations: Gorbachev, Mikhail: and Ronald Reagan
  9. Photos & Illustrations: Reagan, Ronald: calls for destruction of Berlin Wall
  10. Photos & Illustrations: Reagan, Ronald: signing treaty with Mikhail Gorbachev
  11. Reference Articles: arms race
  12. Reference Articles: Reykjavik Summit
  13. Reference Articles: Velvet Revolution
  14. Political, Government & Court Documents: Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (1988)
  15. Political, Government & Court Documents: Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty I (1991)
  16. Political, Government & Court Documents: Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty II (1993)
  17. Speeches: Reagan, Ronald: Evil Empire speech (1982)

MLA Citation

"The End of the Cold War." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2153104?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2153104

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