Post-Stalin 'Thaw'

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IMPACT OF DEATH OF STALIN;

  • Stalin suffered a stroke on the 1st March 1953 then died four days later
  • his death was met with great relief from the West where he was viewed as the key factor in the Cold War development
  • Stalin's death was seen as a determining factor in the development of the 'thaw'
  • the failure of the Soviet blockade in Berlin and the formation of NATO among others were all failures of Stalin's foreign policy
  • his death was an opportunity for the new leader to change its approach to the West
  • two months prior Eisenhower became president

DEFINITION OF 'PEACEFUL COEXISTANCE';

  • after 1953, Truman and Stalin were no longer involved with the government so it changed things dramatically and this led to a hesitant move towards establishing a dialogue between the superpowers
  • on the Soviet side this lead to the adoption of a policy known as 'Peaceful Coexistance'

WHY DID IT DEVELOP?;

  • Malenkov had used this term in 1952 but under Khrushchev it was developed into a fully…

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