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1950-1990. US Uses A-Bomb in 1945 Soviets test A-bomb in 1949 Each side wants more than the other. Brinkmanship- Two Countries going to the edge of War.

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2 US Uses A-Bomb in 1945 Soviets test A-bomb in 1949 Each side wants more than the other. Brinkmanship- Two Countries going to the edge of War M.A.D-Mutual Assured DestructionMutual Assured Destruction Nuclear Arms Race

3 A dual purpose ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missle) Sputnik (1957) Yuri Gargarin (1961)- Soviet Hero Soviet victories embarrassed the U.S. SPACE RACE

4 Revolution in Cuba Batista was leader of Cuba and backed by the U.S. Fidel Castro started a revolution in 1956, in Jan. of 1959 Batista fled Cuba and Castro took over.

5 Bay of Pigs U.S.A. President Kennedy wanted to overthrow Castro’s govt. The CIA trained Cuban exiles (nationalists) to invade Cuba. Apr. 17th, ,300 exiles (with US weapons) landed at the Bahia de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs). They were captured by Castro’s Army.

6 Cuban Missile Crisis Cuba was afraid of a 2nd invasion so Castro agreed to let Khrushchev (the Soviets Premier) place Soviet missiles aimed at the U.S. in Cuba. A spy plane took pictures of the missile silos being built. Kennedy began to prepare for War if the ICBMs were not removed.

7 U.S. Soviet Stand-off Kennedy decided to surround Cuba to stop the Soviets from send the missiles by placing a Quarantine. The Russian ships were coming, the U.S. Navy was not going to let them through….. WWIII was about to happen. This is called brinkmanship = the willingness to the edge of war.

8 End of the Cuban Missile Crisis Thankfully, war was avoided. (the Soviets agreed to send their ships back to the U.S.S.R.) The Soviets agreed to not put missiles in Cuba. The U.S. took missiles out of Turkey and promised not to invade Cuba. But tensions remained between USSR & USA

9 The Cold War Thaws Growing cooperation between the U.S. and USSR The ‘hot line’ Increased trade Tourism and cultural exchanges

10 The Cold War Thaws Emergence of Detente Nixon (U.S.) and Brezhnev (USSR) Period of decreased tension Reversal from brinkmanship High point: Nixon’s visits to China and the USSR Results: SALT I treaty limited number of nuclear missiles Helsinki Accords: promise of cooperation

11 The Cold War Heats Back Up Reagan abandons détente Star Wars (SDI) becomes a symbol of American anti- Communism Increased military spending antagonizes USSR

12 New Leadership 1985: Gorbachev in power Reformer No connection to Stalin/old ideas Social reform through openness: Glasnost Increased freedom Economic reform through restructuring: Perestroika communism more efficient/productive Political reform through democratization Parliamentary elections Foreign Policy End arms race (can’t afford)

13 Spirit of Reform Spreads Poland 1989: government agrees to free elections Hungary 1980s: economic reforms 1989: new constitution Communist party disbanded

14 Spirit of Reform Spreads Czechoslovakia Oppressive government arrests dissidents in 1989 Leads to popular protest and government crackdown Huge protests in Prague force government to resign Romania Most oppressive, last to reform 12/25/89: Ceausescu overthrown and executed

15 Spirit of Reform Spreads East Germany 1989: leave through Hungary’s open borders 11/9/89: the Wall is opened Communists voted out One Germany 10/3/90: Germany is reunited

16 Collapse of the USSR Lack of economic progress under Gorbachev June 1991: USSR holds free elections Boris Yeltsin elected President Gorbachev critic, popular mayor of Moscow Coup attempt Hard-liners afraid of reform capture Gorbachev, order army to attack Parliament Failure, Communist Party collapses Republics declare independence Gorbachev resigns, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) formed

17 Collapse of Yugoslavia Ethnic conflict creates problems 6 ethnic groups, religious differences, mixed populations Milosevic makes Serbia dominant Croatia, Slovenia declare independence Bloody civil war, but succeed Bosnia: most ethnically mixed Independence leads to war and ethnic cleansing of Muslims Problems continue


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