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Why did an arms race develop?

INTERNATIONAL Growing hostility between the
TENSION superpowers.
Arms were viewed as necessary to
safeguard the interests of East and
The nuclear age increased the
destructive power of the weapons
available and increased the feeling
of vulnerability.
Soviet secrecy and boasting spurred
the US…

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needs were given such a high
Attempts to cut spending were
strongly resisted as Khrushchev
found out in 1964.
USA ­ large sums of money to
manufacturers, scientists and the
armed forces ­ employment of over
30 million American civilians.
Military-industrial complex was able
to wield enormous control over…


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