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How Far Was Detente Successful in the 1970's?

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How far was D�tente successful in the 1970's? In the 1970's, the cold war entered a period of D�tente. In the following essay I am going to discuss the reasons why I feel that in some aspects it was positive and others it wasn't. I feel that indeed, D�tente was successful in a number of ways. Firstly it reduced the defense costs for both the USSR and USA over the period by a substantial amount. With the fact that both sides agreed on SALT 1, which was when the Nuclear Weapons and long range weapon production and ownership was made to be reduced, for the safety of each other, and the world. ...read more.

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Later a return match was played in America. This prompted talks between the two governments also. Tension gradually eased between the two sides. This was improved further when China was allowed back into the UN, with trade and travel agreements occurring for the future. Respected individuals made visits to China and America, and later in 1979 60 large American firms set up trade outlets in China. There were, however, drawbacks to D�tente. Firstly no agreements were made between China and Russia. Which left both seeking friendship with America, but hostile towards each other. Also Taiwan was furious at being released from the UN, as they had represented China for over 20 years. ...read more.

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However an event on Christmas Day when the USSR went into Afghanistan saw the destruction of all D�tente and peace between the two sides that had been built up over the last time period. The cold war was truly about to begin again, with D�tente well and truly abolished. In conclusion, I feel that D�tente had a number of positive and negative features over the 10-year period. It ultimately triggered better relationships between the USA/ USSR and USA/China. But it didn't include the two communist nations, and ultimately it was destroyed by one small incident. So it had so many positives, but just one incident made tensions appear so easily again. Robert Hart Mrs. McMurtry Modern History ...read more.

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