This is the view from those who lived behind the Iron Curtain: Lech Walesa on Reagan. His key point:
When talking about Ronald Reagan, I have to be personal. We in Poland took him so personally. Why? Because we owe him our liberty. This can't be said often enough by people who lived under oppression for half a century, until communism fell in 1989.
Also, read Dan Henninger's piece on the battleground of ideas and Reagan's influence.