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Ronald Reagan and the 1980s
Perceptions, Policies, Legacies
 
 
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12 Dec 2008
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By the end of the 1980s, many Americans looked at the state of the nation with a renewed optimism. America was the world's only superpower, Communism had been defeated, the economic misery and inflation of the late 1970s and early 1980s had given way to prosperity and vast global wealth, and a new swashbuckling patriotism had entered into the public imagination. This patriotism and optimism was personified by an enduring American president - Ronald Wilson Reagan. The essays in this volume revisit the 1980s in order to examine the factors that contributed to Ronald Reagan's political and cultural triumphs, provide an assessment of the political, social, and economic substance and legacy of his policies - not just for Americans but for the shape of the world order. 


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By the end of the 1980s, many Americans looked at the state of the nation with a renewed optimism. America was the world's only superpower, Communism had been defeated, the economic misery and inflation of the late 1970s and early 1980s had given way to prosperity and vast global wealth, and a new swashbuckling patriotism had entered into the public imagination. This patriotism and optimism was personified by an enduring American president - Ronald Wilson Reagan. The essays in this volume revisit the 1980s in order to examine the factors that contributed to Ronald Reagan's political and cultural triumphs, provide an assessment of the political, social, and economic substance and legacy of his policies - not just for Americans but for the shape of the world order. 


Reviews

"The essays in this splendid collection offer a nuanced, up-to-date understanding not only of Ronald Reagan but also of larger social, economic, and political trends of the 1980s - and of their legacies." - James T. Patterson, author of Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore


Contents


Introduction; C.Hudson& G. Davies
PART I: PERCEPTIONS
Ronald Reagan: Communicating the America Within; D.Rather
Only an Actor: Memories of a Reagan Biopic; G.Hodgson
'Just Say No': Drug Abuse Policy in the Reagan Administration; P.G.Bourne
Ronald Reagan and the End of the Cold War; J.F.Matlock, Jr.
PART II: POLITICS AND POLICIES
Reagan, Nuclear Weapons, and the End of the Cold War; S.Head
Reaganomics and its Legacy; I.Morgan
African American Protest during the Reagan Years: Forging New Agendas, Defending Old Victories; S.Tuck
Reagan's Religious Right: The Unlikely Alliance between Southern Evangelicals and a California Conservative; D.K.Williams
Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party: Responses to Realignment; R.Mason
PART III: LEGACIES
The Baptist and the Messiah: Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher; D.Sandbrook
Transforming the Presidency: The Administration of Ronald Reagan; J.D.Aberbach
The Road to Mount Rushmore: The Conservative Commemoration Crusade for Ronald Reagan; N.Bjerre-Poulsen
Toward a Historiography of Reagan and the 1980s: Why Have We Done Such a Lousy Job?; G.Troy
Epilogue: Ronald Reagan and the Historians; M.J.Heale


Authors


CHERYL HUDSON is an Associate Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, UK.
 
GARETH DAVIES is University Lecturer in American History at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, UK.