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Cuban Missile Crisis: An In-Depth Review
An exploration of the events and confrontations during the October Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
# 152151 | 5,951 words | 43 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 07, 2013 in International Relations (Cold War)

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This paper provides an in-depth review of the events that led up to and succeeded the Cuban Missile Crisis to provide insight into the Cold War and the tenuous nature of geopolitical conflict. The paper describes Soviet policy towards Cuba, the mounting tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union and the evidence of nuclear missile sites on Cuba. The paper then explores the American response, the naval blockade, the negotiations, the conclusion of the crisis and the legacy of the crisis many decades later.

Soviet Policy Towards Cuba
The Evidence
The American Response
The Least Warlike Response - The Blockade
Secret Negotiations and Other Stakeholders
Khruschev Saves Face
Kennedy's Chess Move
The Crisis Concludes
Aftermath and Immediate Considerations
Legacy of the Crisis - 40 Years Later

From the Paper:

"Many scholars of the Cold War continue to view the events and confrontations during the infamous 13-days of October Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 as the closest the United States and Soviet Union came to open conflict since the end of World War II. In Russian texts it is termed the "Caribbean Crisis" (Karibskiy krizis), and in Cuba the "October Crisis" (Crisis de Octubre). This, of course, reflects an interesting socio-political viewpoint on the subject, namely from the old Soviet View, the issue was about political influence and Caribbean hegemony; from the Cuban view it was an assault on their national conscience; from the U.S. view it was simply about missiles 90-miles off the coast of Florida and the immediate danger this placed America.
"The tensions were highest on October 27, 1962, known as "Black Saturday." On October 14, 1962, United States spy planes observed missile bases being built in Cuba. In less than two weeks, on October 28, 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy and U.N. Secretary-General U Thant reached an agreement with the Soviets to dismantle the missiles in exchange for an agreement that the U.S. would not invade Cuba. To frame the issue as a negotiation, and help Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev save face at home, the U.S. informally proposed that its own missiles in Turkey would be removed "within a short time after this crisis is over" - the last of those missiles were removed by April of the following year (Glover, 2000, 222)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allison, G. a. (1999). Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis. New York: Longman.
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  • Blight, J. (2007). Sad and Luminous Days: Cuba's Struggle with the Superpowers. New York: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Blight, J. (2002). Cuba on the Brink: Castro, the Missile Crisis, and the Soviet Collapse. New York: Rowman and Littlefield.

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