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The Cuban Missile Crisis
This paper analyzes the diplomatic strategies employed to avert a confrontation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the Cuban missile crisis.
# 18326 | 1,350 words | 5 sources | 1990 | US

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"The second half of October, 1962, was possibly the most dangerous period in the history of the world: The Cuba Missile Crisis, when for a week and a half the United States and the Soviet Union stood closer to the brink of nuclear war then ever before or since. In the aftermath of the crisis, much study has been given to two fundamental questions: How did the superpowers stumble so close to nuclear war, and--perhaps even more important --having come to the brink, how did they back down and succeed in avoiding a nuclear exchange? The latter question is the principal focus of this study.

Until recently, the efforts of scholars in the West to understand the events of October, 1962, suffered from a structural one-sidedness. American policymakers were readily available for questioning, but Soviet policymakers were not, and ... "

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