How did Gorbachev's 'new thinking' reduce tensions between the superpowers?

In this lesson, you will learn about the changes that Mikhail Gorbachev made to the USSR and Soviet control of Eastern Europe. You will learn about what his 'new thinking' entailed and how this led to a reduction in tensions between the USA and the USSR. In particular, you will examine the Summit Conferences of 1985-1988 to see how Gorbachev's 'new thinking' enabled agreements to be made between the superpowers and contributed eventually to the end of the Cold War.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

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Q1.When was SALT 1 signed?

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Q2.What was the name of the joint US-Soviet space mission?

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Q3.Who was the leader of the Soviet Union during detente?

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Q4.Who was elected US president in 1980?

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Q5.What does detente mean?

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.When was SALT 1 signed?

1/5

Q2.What was the name of the joint US-Soviet space mission?

2/5

Q3.Who was the leader of the Soviet Union during detente?

3/5

Q4.Who was elected US president in 1980?

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Q5.What does detente mean?

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How did Gorbachev's 'new thinking' reduce tensions between the superpowers?

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Q1.Who became leader of the USSR in 1985?

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Q2.Which of the following policies was part of Gorbachev's 'new thinking'?

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Q3.How did Ronald Reagan respond to Gorbachev's 'new thinking'?

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Q4.At which summit was the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by Reagan and Gorbachev?

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Q5.What was agreed in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty?

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Q6.Overall, how did Gorbachev's 'new thinking' affect superpower relations?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

How did Gorbachev's 'new thinking' reduce tensions between the superpowers?

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.Who became leader of the USSR in 1985?

1/6

Q2.Which of the following policies was part of Gorbachev's 'new thinking'?

2/6

Q3.How did Ronald Reagan respond to Gorbachev's 'new thinking'?

3/6

Q4.At which summit was the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by Reagan and Gorbachev?

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Q5.What was agreed in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty?

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Q6.Overall, how did Gorbachev's 'new thinking' affect superpower relations?

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