The Road to 1989

The Road to 1989 - The Road to 1989: end of Cold War The...

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The Road to 1989: end of Cold War The end of Détente and the “Second Cold War” 1. The tensions drastically increased in the early 1980s 2. Each eastern European country also had an impact to the end of the Cold War. 3. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan ended Détente. 4. The Carter Doctrine brought more military spending for the arms race, which also contributed to tension. 5. Both sides placed nuclear missiles on either side of Europe. This caused strong anti-Cold War sentiments (especially in Germany). 6. For some reason, the use of nuclear force suddenly seemed an acceptable tactic to some military strategists. 7. Reagan’s SDI system in the 1980s. supposed to protect against nuclear weapons. Communism in Decline 1. Soviets tried to increase its military budget to keep up with American spending. This weakened its economy greatly. 2. U.S military spending was only 6.5% of GNP while S.U. spending was 27% of GNP. 3.
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