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ARMS RACE

1945 ­ 9 ­ USA had a monopoly of atomic weapons. Atomic testing continued ­
e.g. 1946 atomic testing in the Pacific Ocean.

1949 ­ Soviets produced an atomic bomb.
1949 ­ USA developed a new bomb, the H Bomb (hydrogen bomb). Tested in `52.

NATO ­ defensive…

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1964 ­ arms race kicked off again. Brezhnev (new Soviet leader) massively
increased spending.

1965 ­ onwards ­ US intervention in Vietnam ­ no nuclear weapons used, but
massive use of military ­ airpower ­ bombing to destroy supplies & use of
chemical defoliants to destroy the jungle.

1966 ­…

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