March 24, 2010 Lecture - early 1970s Soviet Union closed...

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early 1970s: Soviet Union closed numerical gap in missiles it had compared to the U.S. eventually surpassed the west in ICBMs, SLBMs, ABMs U.S. had advantage of long-term bombers, number of air craft carriers & MIRVs Soviet Union came up in quantity, but U.S. had better quality missiles Warsaw Pact: no one allowed to develop sole nuclear capability Czechoslovakia: 1967-1968 Communist party introduced a number of liberal reforms one of the last countries to deStalinize sluggish economy: need for a boost bi-national state (Czechs: 23 & Slovaks 13 ): Czechs traditionally in power relaxation of intellectual controls Six Day War of 1967: Israel destroyed Arab enemies intellectuals confused on what to write: anti-Semitic or not magazines shut down: polarization of Communist Party into Stalinists/Liberals President Antonin Novotny (Czech): also first secretary of the party
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This note was uploaded on 06/28/2011 for the course HY 265 taught by Professor Dr.georgeliber during the Spring '10 term at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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