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Selling Star Wars: Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative

Andrew L. Johns and Kenneth Osgood (eds)

in Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034669
eISBN:
9780813038742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034669.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Ronald Reagan's proposal, officially called the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), dramatically illustrates the power of a president to shape the public discourse on issues of war and peace. It ... More


The Strategic Defense Initiative: Ending the MADness

Beth A. Fischer

in The Myth of Triumphalism: Rethinking President Reagan's Cold War Legacy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780813178172
eISBN:
9780813178189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178172.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter debunks the triumphalist claim that President Reagan launched the Strategic Defense Initiative so as to compel Moscow to surrender the arms race, if not collapse. In fact, the president ... More


The Myth of Triumphalism: Rethinking President Reagan's Cold War Legacy

Beth A. Fischer

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780813178172
eISBN:
9780813178189
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178172.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Virtually no one anticipated the ending of the Cold War. Understanding how this long-standing conflict was peacefully resolved can give us insight into how to conclude other seemingly intractable ... More


Strategic Analyses

Lawrence Badash

in A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012720
eISBN:
9780262258531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.003.0016
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The nuclear winter did not generate excitement among the public, but spurred nuclear analysts and policy experts to contemplate on the issues. Carl Sagan and his fellow nuclear winter proponents ... More


Evaluation

Lawrence Badash

in A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012720
eISBN:
9780262258531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.003.0021
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The nuclear winter phenomenon generated public interest much faster than most other scientific subjects and rapidly polarized those involved. Several congressional hearings were held, a number of ... More


Exploiting Existing Opinion

George C. Edwards III

in Predicting the Presidency: The Potential of Persuasive Leadership

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691170374
eISBN:
9781400880980
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691170374.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter examines how the president exploits existing opinion on policies by showing the public how its views are compatible with his policies or by increasing the salience of White House ... More


Looking at Moscow

Lawrence Badash

in A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012720
eISBN:
9780262258531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.003.0015
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Whereas nuclear winter was widely reported in the news media in the United States after the phenomenon was announced publicly in October 1983, it received little attention in the Soviet Union until ... More


Introduction: Triumphalism and President Reagan’s Cold War Legacy

Beth A. Fischer

in The Myth of Triumphalism: Rethinking President Reagan's Cold War Legacy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780813178172
eISBN:
9780813178189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178172.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Triumphalists believe that President Ronald Reagan “won” the Cold War by introducing a military buildup and threatening the Soviet Union. His hawkish policies compelled Moscow to agree to arms ... More


NATO Modernization Plans, SDI, and the End of the Cold War

John Baylis and Kristan Stoddart

in The British Nuclear Experience: The Roles of Beliefs, Culture and Identity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780198702023
eISBN:
9780191771682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702023.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Chapter 9 deals with the parallel developments relating to the modernization of theatre and short range nuclear missiles, together with British views regarding American ideas about a Strategic ... More


1983: The World at the Brink

Doug Rossinow

in The Reagan Era: A History of the 1980s

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169882
eISBN:
9780231538657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169882.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes how the world was at the brink of nuclear war in 1983. Reagan was convinced that his confrontational foreign policy would pave the way for a strategic balance of global forces ... More


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