9.20 - Explaining the Cold War-End of Eisenhower era Cold...

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9/20/07 Explaining the Cold War -End of Eisenhower era: Cold War reaching stability -people become used to the non-shooting war status -Role of Cuba prior to Cuban Missile Crisis -1959: Castro takes power -closely associated with USSR -1961 JFK inherits plan from Eisenhower -Bay of Pigs Invasion -Drop Cuban freedom fighters in Cuba in the hopes that they could strong-arm Castro out of power -Failure, viewed as weakness by Communist world -results in New Berlin Crisis -1961-Berlin Wall -Cuban Missile Crisis (detailed in reading) -determinant: US Military Superiority, locally and in nuclear might -chances of nuclear war over Cuba: 1/3 -How did these two nations come so close to effectively eliminating life on Earth? Rationalization of the Cold War Effects of the cold war: -Huge effect on domestic policy (McCarthy, national security) -loss of life (Vietnam, Korea) -military arms buildup -opportunities lost -association with bad states -things that could have been advanced rather than military Explanations of the Cold War:
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