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The U2 crisis

President Dwight Eisenhower gave permission for the U2 to fly over Moscow and
Leningrad for the first time on 4th July, 1956. The U2 was a great success and within
two years Richard Bissell was able to say that 90% of all hard intelligence about the

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U2 Crisis
After 1957, tension grew between Russia and America:

- Russia's sputnik satellite (1957) and space orbit (1961) gave them a psychological

- In 1959, the Communist Fidel Castro took power in Cuba, right next to America.

- Communist China accused Khrushchev of going soft; this made him…

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What other factors caused superpower relations to deteriorate so
much in the late 50s early 60s?

1) Many events in the late fifties led to greater tension between superpowers, one
of these would be the space race which Russia seemed to be winning. This made
tension grow as the Americans…


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