mardi 15 avril 2014

Terminale euro. Reagan and the end of the Cold War : America is back !

There you can dowload the part of the slideshow dedicated to the Reagan years and the end of the Cold War. 

During those 1980's, American values spread worldwide due to the incredible soft power machinery of Hollywood. 

Follow the links to several movie trailers I've included into the slideshow to understand the differences between the movie production the decade before (1970's) and during the Reagan Presidency. 

The world according to Ronald Reagan. A David Horsey political cartoon of 1987 (Click to a lately version)

We can also talk about history with some songs... 

For example, in 1985 a period of tension due to Reagan project of SDI, Sting sang Russians. This song talked about the dangerosity of nuclear era "Openheimer's deadly toy" , criticized Reagan SDI policy " Mr Reagan says 'we will protect you' I don't subscribe to this point of view" but was also a call for peace "there's no such thing as a winnable war/It's a lie we don't believe anymoreand negotiation between the two superpowers "There's no monopoly on commonsense on either side of the political fence". He concluded with a famous "I hope the Russians love their children too"... Symbolic of the fear of a nuclear war. (Clic to read the lyrics)

A few years later in 1990 Klaus Meine, vocalist of Scorpions, a German rock band, composed "The Wind of change" to celebrate the end of the Cold War, and the fall of communism across eastern Europe. He was inspired by a visit n Moscow in 1989. But the song was only successful in 1991, after the fail of the attempted coup that collapsed the Soviet Communist Party. The song was also a commercial worldwide succes with around 14 million copies sold. Artistically it's a very good ballad to listen, the kind only rock band can make ! (Click to read the lyrics)
The early 1990's was a period of hope for a whole generation.

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