November 16 - The Vietnam War

November 16 - The Vietnam War - History of the Cold War...

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History of the Cold War November 16, 2007 The Vietnam War and the Origins of Détente Soviet and Chinese leverage in North Vietnam and with Ho Chi Minh was exaggerated by the US o Influence was much smaller than believed and publicized in America Chronology o 1963 – Limited Test Ban treaty signed o 1965 – US escalation of War in Vietnam o 1968 – Nuclear NPT o 1968 – Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia only mildly rebuked by US o 1969 – Soviet Chinese border clashes o 1971 – Henry Kissinger visits China Definition of “Détente” o French term: relaxation of tension o Minimal: negotiations to manage differences o Maximal: pursuit of common interests Survival: avoid nuclear confrontation Common interest in preventing nuclear war or contamination Control or reduce costs of arms race Trade Order of stability o Way to wage Cold War or end Cold War? If no sustained easing of tensions in 1950s, why détente in 1960s? o
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