Gorbachev, Reagan and new evidence on strategic weapons and the end of the Cold War

University of Birmingham, Birmingham Business School Lecture Theatre, Edgbaston Park Road
Wednesday 9th February 2011 (18:00-19:00)
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Contact: Eleanor Leftwich
Email: e.g.leftwich@bham.ac.uk
Tel: 0121 414 2950

Delivered by David Hoffman author of The Dead Hand

Hoffman’s lecture will tackle two areas of his research which revealed some surprising new material about the final years of the Cold War. The first is Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative and how the Soviet leadership responded to it, the second is the illicit Soviet bio-weapons program and how it developed in the 1980s and why. In both cases he will probe Gorbachev's decision-making and seek to explain how it fit into the 'new thinking' or conflicted with it. He will also discuss the role of the UK and Margaret Thatcher in these events.

THE DEAD HAND is critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative history of Reagan, Gorbachev and the dying days of the Cold War – and the dangerous inheritance the USSR left behind. Hoffman exposes Reagan and Gorbachev’s inner motivations and undisclosed decisions, and details the massive deadly stockpiles that lurked, unsecured, throughout the Soviet Union after its collapse. Hoffman’s study moves beyond the leaders, and gives us unforgettable portraits of a previously unheralded group of scientists, soldiers, diplomats and spies whose valiant struggle changed the course of history.

Cost: This lecture is free of charge but please register your attendance with Eleanor Leftwich