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The XXI century will be a сentury either of total all-embracing crisis or of moral and spiritual healing that will reinvigorate humankind. It is my conviction that all of us - all reasonable political leaders, all spiritual and ideological movements, all  faiths - must help in this transition to a triumph of humanism and justice, in making the XXI century a century of a new human renaissance.
 

     
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11 May 2018

Archie Brown's letter to Mikhail Gorbachev

Dear Mikhail Sergeyevich,
 
It was a great pleasure and surprise for me to receive this afternoon your very kind letter of birthday congratulations. I remember that you wrote to me on my seventieth birthday – and, of course, I still have the letter. At that time, I could scarcely imagine even being eighty years of age, and still less could I have believed that I would receive greetings from you on that very day. So I am enormously grateful for your noticing that today I reach the age of eighty and for taking the trouble to write so generously.
 
You will be glad to know that I am still busy researching and writing. I am currently working on a book of which the subject (and provisional title) is ‘Gorbachev, Reagan and Thatcher and the end of the Cold War’ (with briefer discussion on what has gone wrong since then). The three people I am writing about happen to be listed in alphabetical order but, as I make clear in the book, they are named in the order of importance for the ending of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan was, of course, more important than Margaret Thatcher because the United States counted for more in international relations than did Great Britain, but Mrs Thatcher also had some significance, partly because of the effort she made to study the changes in the Soviet Union and because of the good relations she had both with Reagan and with you (notwithstanding obvious ideological differences). Among these, and all other, politicians your own role was, however, of the most decisive importance. It will surely be recognised even more by historians of future generations than it is at present.
 
I should finish that book in the summer of this year and it will be published sometime in 2019. As you are probably aware, I have also written a contribution for the book that is being prepared in memory of Anatoly Sergeyevich Chernyaev.
 
With warmest good wishes from my wife Patricia (Pat) and me for your good health and for your continuing efforts to promote a more peaceful and more socially just world – and, again, a huge thank-you!
 
Yours,
Archie
 

[Professor Archie Brown] 

10 May, 2018