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Reasons for tensions in the 1950s
· 3 Word Expansionism. The USSR begin expanding its
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influence in the 3rd World, as many countries were becoming
decolonised and thus had a power vacuum that needed to
be filled. The US distrusted this and saw it as typical Soviet
expansionism. The…

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Gaddis, "rattling his rockets". The perceived Missile Gap
also caused tension. Due to the USSR's developments, US
public quickly began believing that there was a missile gap,
and the US was behind. This was fuelled by Khrushchev's
"potenkinism", his boasts that USSR had nuclear weapons
when they were behind. This…

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could be bullied because of his youth and general
inexperience; however Kennedy didn't back down and
responded with a threat of nuclear war, "Then I guess it's
going to be a cold winter".
· Khrushchev's Personality- Tension was also increased
because of Khrushchev's unpredictable behaviour, which
culminated in the Cuban…

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