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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