DIRECTOREspar, David
TITLEWar and Peace in the Nuclear Age: Part XII, Reagan's Shield
DISTRIBUTORAnnenberg/CPB Project
RUNNING TIME60 minutes

This film illustrates the ways President Reagan distanced himself from previous United States nuclear principles and policies regarding the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Because Reagan believed the Soviet Union was ahead of the United States in the nuclear arms race, he increased the defense budget and increased military buildup in the United States. The film defines Reagan’s new policy for arms control that made the destructive capabilities of Soviet and American weapons equal. In an effort to “break with the past,” Reagan refused to make policy concessions to the Soviets and frequently accused them of treaty violations. The results of Reagan’s new guiding principles are examined toward the film’s conclusion. The film is the twelfth of a thirteen part series, including interviews and original footage, on World War II and the Cold War through the Reagan administration.

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