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What were the causes of Détente?

The Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) highlighted the underlying tensions between the USA and the
USSR
It also helped to accelerate the moves towards reducing these tensions
Détente was a more permanent relaxation of relations and was to develop after 1962
It was encouraged by…

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f. Access to new technologies
Improved relations would allow the USSR access to much-needed Western technology and grain
supplies. Soviet production of steel, cement, oil and pig iron exceeded that of the USA by the end of
the 1970s, but these were vital elements of an industrial age that was…

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Détente did not mark an end, however temporary, to Cold War conflict; it developed out of
recognition that there was more to gain in the struggle between East and West by a degree of
cooperation rather than confrontation. Thus, it represented a change in the tactics of superpower
conflict rather…

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There was widespread panic and uncertainty which caused panic buying of many goods,
leading to a further increase in prices
The government in Britain struggled with an economic situation made worse by a wave of
industrial strikes which merely exacerbated shortages
The American government was concerned that these strains would…

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o Agriculture was very inefficient compared to the rest of Europe and the USSR
struggle to produce enough grain to feed its own population. In the 1970s the USSR
relied on nearly $15 billion worth of imported grain, some of which came from the
US
The Soviet economy was inefficient,…

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