The Cold War Thaws
Noah, Chandler, Maddie, Curtashia
Setting the Stage
Revolt in Czechoslovakia
In 1964, Khrushchev was voted out of that position and he lost his power (989).The ‘Secret Police’, arrested the Nobel Prize for literature winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. They then expelled him from the Soviet Union (989). Breznev said he would not tolerate dissent in Eastern Europe (989). On August 20, 1968 armed forces from the Warsaw Pact nations invaded Czechoslovakia.
The Soviet-Chinese Split
China was absolutely committed to Communism by this point, and Mao and Stalin signed a 30 year friendship treaty, which did not last. China then stopped following under Moscow’s shadow, and began to gain their own confidence in rule.
China spread their own “brand” of communism in Africa and parts of Asia (989-990).
After growing apart so much and fighting, the Soviets and Chinese finally regained their peace, that remained fragile.
Brinksmanship Breaks Down
Brinksmanship followed the presidencies of Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson (990). The idea then lead to the fear of Nuclear War. What ended up preventing the Soviets and the U.S. from meeting was U-2.In the early 1960’s the Cuban Missile Crisis made the superpowers’ use of nuclear weapons a real possibility. (990)