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I am investigating both sides of the situation on Cuba with the missiles, which were in range of USA, I am exploring the information presented in sources showing sides of what happened in that time and will explain my view of the situation.

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Cuban Missile Crises In this coursework I am investigating both sides of the situation on Cuba with the missiles, which were in range of USA, I am exploring the information presented in sources showing sides of what happened in that time and will explain my view of the situation. Background Source A1 illustrates dangers, which faced both sides during the cold war by showing both sides doing nuclear test explosions. This shows that both sides are trying to out-do each other by both sides running tests with both trying to get better results from their experiments. Previously they had a three-year agreement, which Khrushchev broke by starting an arms race. The arms race became more serious during the late 1950s and 1960s because a new weapon had changed the strategy and the thinking of the Cold War because of new submarines that hardly had to come up above the water. The Polaris-type submarine could be the prevention of a nuclear war. Fidel Castro's movement's aims were to create a new government and new jobs for people to make their lives better than the ones they currently led. ...read more.

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The Cuban Missile Crisis: The American point of view Source B1 are pictures taken from a US aircraft it shows pictures of a Cuban Missile Base this is important because it shows that Russia has arms with America well within their range and can fire nuclear missiles if necessary. Source B2 shows a circle of the strike range from the Soviet missiles installed on Cuba. The radius shows that the missiles can reach the USA this is important because it shows Russia is a legitimate threat to America. This supports Source B2 by the evidence of missile bases on Cuba; together they confirm that the USA is in real danger. Source B3 isn't very reliable because it isn't a primary source where as Source B4 and B5 are more reliable because they were written in 1962, which is closer to, when the Cuban Missile Crisis happened. Source B4 and B5 are extracts from what was actually said where as Source B3 isn't this makes Source B4 and Source B5 the most reliable out of the 3 sources. ...read more.

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Source D3 and Source D5 support the interpretation that President Kennedy was the saviour of the western world after the Cuban missile crisis. Source D3 shows Kennedy as a cowboy against the enemies in a showdown this shows that Kennedy is brave and wouldn't back down. Source D5 explains how after the Cuban missile crisis was over President Kennedy's reputation had increased greatly. Source D4 shows a cartoon about nuclear tests with Kennedy trying to clear it up presuming they are his own mistakes by allowing the tests to be done. This is having a laugh at President Kennedy. I feel that President Kennedy wasn't the saviour of the western world because he ignored Fidel Castro until he found out about the missiles on Cuba and the revolution, which was taking place. A saviour wouldn't let it go that far where as President Kennedy let it, which was a very big mistake on his part. I have explained to the best of my knowledge of the events what happened in this time period I have shown both sides of the story and how Fidel Castro was ignored but then proved what he was capable of by putting missiles in range of America on Cuba. By Karim Abouahmed 11J Karim Abouahmed 11J ...read more.

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