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The Nuclear Arms Race

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Transcript of The Nuclear Arms Race

The Nuclear Arms Race
August 29th 1949, the first atomic
bomb was detonated at the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan.
1952, America tested the
first Hydrogen bomb
1954,
U.S. Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles announced a
new policy called "massive retaliation”
America built the DEW
(Defence and Early Warning system)
line around the Arctic
1960, the first Polaris submarine was launched carrying 16 nuclear missiles.
Motives
&
Methods
During the 1960’s, the theory of MAD
(Mutually Assured Destruction) developed.
Brinkmanship
Containment
Deterrence
1953, Russia started to produce its own H-bomb.
Reykjavik meeting
between
presidents
Reagan and
Gorbachev
in 1986.
- a Cold War foreign policy of both major powers aiming to deter the strategic advances of the other through arms development and arms build up.
- the American Cold War foreign policy of containing the spread of communism by establishing strategic allies around the world through trade and military alliance.
- the practice of pressing a dangerous situation, especially in international affairs, to the limit of safety and peace in order to win an advantage from a threatening

Nuclear arms race as a product of liberalism
- As a result, the US took advantage of this right and went on to create more nuclear weapons.
Nuclear arms race as a rejection of liberalism
- Liberalism promotes the freedom to pursue one's personal or economic need.
- Russia had a communist government which rejected liberalism.
- Russia built more weaponry for the common good of their own country.
To what degree was the nuclear arms race a product or rejection of liberalism?
The nuclear arms race increased international tension by
creating more conflicts between
the two superpowers
evoking fear from the citizens living in places where the conflict occurred.
d
Countries lost trust in each other thinking that at any moment their opponent could launch a missile and kill hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.
The result?
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