Cold War

What were the reasons for Detente 1962-1979

The start of détente in 1962 was triggered by the Cuban Missile Crisis. Here, U2 spy planes from the USA spotted nuclear missile sites and freight ships carrying nuclear missiles from the USSR to Cuba. These missiles would be in striking range to the majority of the USA. Russia pulled back just in time after […]

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Was nuclear strategy an attempt to rationalise the irrational

The thesis I really want to put across is best summarized by the words of former US secretary of defence Robert McNamara, recalling the Cuban Missile Crisis: “I want to say, and this is important: at the end we lucked out! It was luck that prevented nuclear war. We came that close to nuclear war […]

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The nuclear age

The nuclear age began on the 6th of August 1945, when the united states air force dropped the first, and so far, only nuclear weapon to ever to be used in combat on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. In the coming days Nagasaki was also flattened, the awesome power of the atomic bomb was displayed […]

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The Threat of Nuclear, Biological or Chemical Weapons and Terrorism

Less than 18 pounds of plutonium or 55 pounds of highly enriched uranium are sufficient to make a nuclear bomb, and these materials circulate in civilian nuclear commerce by the ton. A study prepared for Nuclear Control Institute by five former U.S. nuclear weapons designers concluded that a sophisticated terrorist group would be capable of […]

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What were the main features of the New Frontier and how successful were they

President Kennedy started the New Frontier in 1961 and to a certain degree was a great success though its progress was cut short by his early death in 1963. In many of the areas that he wanted to encompass into the New Frontier there was a strong opposition in the Congress. Those were features such […]

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The problems that President Kennedy faced in the years from 1961 to 1963

When President Kennedy first came into office it was after a victory of a very small margin. He was also quite young compared to previous presidents; this may have made politicians a bit hesitant to agree with him as he was very young and inexperienced when it came to politics. At the time Kennedy became […]

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Cuban Missile Crisis Sources Questions

1. Sources A and B tell us a lot about Kennedy’s reaction to the U2 spy photos. In source A, President Kennedy asks his brother Robert, the author of the source, to come to the White House. This shows that the President needed moral support, indicating that he was worried about what the U2 photos […]

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Is it the duty of scientists in wartime, to do everything in their power to defend their country

Science is a provocative discipline based on theories and assumptions, and verified through experiments, and continuously developed through new evidence. Imagine a day without technology, imagine your day without any sort of comfort, and imagine time slowed down, where you have nothing to rely on, science demolishes those nightmares. Science has helped satisfy our need […]

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Which country is most responsible for the Cuban missile crisis

Cuba is the least to blame for causing this crisis, though it still did have a part in causing the crisis due to some of its hostile actions. Firstly, it nationalized all American businesses in Cuba by taking over their businesses for the country instead to receive its profits. Also, it was responsible on behalf […]

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Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah is about a nuclear disaster that has destroyed the world. One girl and one man survive the attack. They are left to survive with the food and shelter that has been left by the attack, Mr. Loomis who is the older man starts to act strangely and Anne, the girl, is forced […]

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