how successful was detente to 1976

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  • how successful was detente to 1976?
    • normalisation
      • The Basic Principles Agreement 1972 - through which US &USSR could work together
        • some agreements came to nothing
      • Helsinki accords - set out framework through which E.&W. relations could be managed
        • however helsinki accords were only pledges and could not be enforced
    • avoidance of nuclear war
      • SALT 1- established dialoge between superpowers therefore decreased threat of nuclear war
      • SALT treaties reduced no. of nuclear weapons on both sides
    • economic prosperity
      • USSR increased trade with the west by 96%
      • US defence spending reduced dramatically
      • USSR's economic decline still remained


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