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Two Nations on the Edge. Early Arms Race  USSR gets atomic bomb (1949)  US develops hydrogen bomb (1952)  “The H-Bomb”  70 times bigger than Hiroshima.

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1 Two Nations on the Edge

2 Early Arms Race  USSR gets atomic bomb (1949)  US develops hydrogen bomb (1952)  “The H-Bomb”  70 times bigger than Hiroshima bomb  USSR gets h-bomb (1953)  Brinkmanship: Willingness to go to the edge of all out nuclear war  The brink: The very edge  USSR gets atomic bomb (1949)  US develops hydrogen bomb (1952)  “The H-Bomb”  70 times bigger than Hiroshima bomb  USSR gets h-bomb (1953)  Brinkmanship: Willingness to go to the edge of all out nuclear war  The brink: The very edge

3 American Power  President: Dwight D. Eisenhower  Sec of State: John Foster Dulles  Fiercely anti-Communist  CIA: Central Intelligence Agency  Tool for gathering/using spies  Gathering information about the USSR  Secret operations for/against countries  President: Dwight D. Eisenhower  Sec of State: John Foster Dulles  Fiercely anti-Communist  CIA: Central Intelligence Agency  Tool for gathering/using spies  Gathering information about the USSR  Secret operations for/against countries

4 Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th President of the US( )

5 John Foster Dulles

6 Soviet Pressure  Create Warsaw Pact (1955)  USSR version of NATO  Geneva Summit (1955)  US proposes free skies, USSR rejects  Suez War (Egypt)  US/UK help Egypt build Aswan Dam  Nasser talks to USSR  US withdraws support  Nationalizes Suez Canal (enfuriates US)  Create Warsaw Pact (1955)  USSR version of NATO  Geneva Summit (1955)  US proposes free skies, USSR rejects  Suez War (Egypt)  US/UK help Egypt build Aswan Dam  Nasser talks to USSR  US withdraws support  Nationalizes Suez Canal (enfuriates US)

7 Warsaw Pact Nations

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11 Goodbye, Stalin!  Stalin dies (1953)  Power sharing for a few years  Nikita Khrushchev comes to power  De-Stalinization  Seeks to defeat US through econ/science  Cold War becomes war for the skies  Stalin dies (1953)  Power sharing for a few years  Nikita Khrushchev comes to power  De-Stalinization  Seeks to defeat US through econ/science  Cold War becomes war for the skies

12 Nikita Khrushchev

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14 Cold War in the Air  Soviets launch Sputnik (Oct ‘57)  First satellite in space  Shocks the United States  American U-2 spy plane shot down (1960)  Francis Gary Powers captured  US agrees to stop flying missions  Leads to renewed tension between countries  Soviets launch Sputnik (Oct ‘57)  First satellite in space  Shocks the United States  American U-2 spy plane shot down (1960)  Francis Gary Powers captured  US agrees to stop flying missions  Leads to renewed tension between countries

15 Sputnik-1

16 U-2 Spy Plane

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