The Change to Engagement in Britain's Cold War Policy: The Origins of the Thatcher-Gorbachev Relationship

  title={The Change to Engagement in Britain's Cold War Policy: The Origins of the Thatcher-Gorbachev Relationship},
  author={Archie Brown},
  journal={Journal of Cold War Studies},
  • Archie Brown
  • Published 8 July 2008
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
Using previously unseen British Cabinet Office and Foreign Office papers obtained through the UK Freedom of Information Act, this article shows how a change in Britain's stance in the Cold War was initiated in 1983. As a result of this process, the British government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher decided to move to greater engagement with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Distrusting the Foreign Office as an institution, Thatcher asked for papers from eight outside academic specialists… 
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