Post-Stalin thaw

How long did the post-Stalin thaw last for?
1953-62 so nine years
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When did Stalin die?
5th March 1953
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When was a ceasefire agree in Korea?
July 1953
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When was the Warsaw Pact established?
May 1955
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When was there a Rising of workers in East Berlin?
17th June
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When was Beria removed from Soviet leadership?
26th June 1953
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When is the Geneva Summit?
July 1955 with Khrushchev and Eisenhower
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When does Khrushchev deliver his 'secret speech' criticising Stalin?
February 1956
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When do Soviet troops invade Hungary?
November 1956
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When is the U-2 spy plane shot down over the USSR?
May 1960
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When is the Paris Summit between Eisenhower and Khrushchev?
May 1960
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But does it go ahead?
No as Khrushchev adandons it
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When is Checkpoint Charlie?
October 27th 1961
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What was Checkpoint Charlie?
It was a stand-off event between the two superpowers and was solved after 16 hours when a Soviet tank started its engine and pulled back five metres. To which an American tank followed and pulled back a mere five metres and continued until
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When is the start of the second Berlin crisis?
November 1958
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What does Khrushchev ask in the crisis?
For the West to leave Berlin
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When does Kennedy become US President?
January 1961
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When does the Vienna Summit take place?
June 1961
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Which individuals are involved in the Vienna Summit?
Khrushchev and KENNEDY this time
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When does the Berlin Wall become erected?
August 1961
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Who were Truman's successors?
Eisenhower (1953-1961) Kennedy (1961-1963)
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How did Truman's successors want to make their own mark on US foreign policy?
They would seek to respond effectively to the new Soviet policy while retaining US superiority in the Cold War.
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What were some failures in Stalin's foreign policy?
Failure of Soviet blockade of Berlin, the formation of NATO, the defection of Yugoslavia from Cominform
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What did his death in 1953 provide an opportunity for the new Soviet leadership to do?
Change its approach with the West.
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Due to what background had Americans voted for Eisenhower to become President?
Due to his military background many Americans voted for Eisenhower expecting him to be tough on communism.
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But what was Eisenhower aware of?
Excessive military spending and how it could jeopardise economic prosperity
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What did Eisenhower's 'New Look' policy reflect then?
A change towards greater conciliation where it was in US interests, allowing military spending to be reduced.
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By 1953 what had been established and accepted?
The boundaries of each superpower's sphere of influence had been established and accepted, albeit rather reluctantly.
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So what did circumstances of 1953 demand different policies to do?
It demanded them to work within this greater stability and this switch in policy was promoted by the change in leadership on both sides.
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What kind of move that helped to establish a dialogue between the two superpowers?
It was albeit and rather hesistant and worked towards establishing a dialogue between the two superpowers.
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What was too dangerous to contemplate?
Nuclear war so the two systems would have to accept the existence of each other in the short term.
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