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In What Ways did America's Relationship with the Rest of the World change between 1970 and 1990?

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In What Ways did America's Relationship with the Rest of the World between 1970 and 1990? At the start of the 1970s, the Americans had just pulled out of the Vietnam War which had been a disaster for the government. They could not get involved in anything like it again or risk a huge problem with the public turning against them. If this happened it would have seriously dented peoples trust in the government even more than it already had been. This moved America into a period known as the d�tente. The d�tente was the relaxation in tensions between the US and some of its Cold War enemies. ...read more.


This was delayed even further and did not start until Jimmy Carter took power. These talks were eventually cancelled due to the attack on Afghanistan by Russia. The war was an attempted invasion by the USSR. However, the Taliban forces were funded, trained and supplied by the US. They gave them anti-aircraft missiles to take down Soviet attack helicopters and caused such a terrible loss for the Soviet forces that the attack was abandoned as it was really bad propaganda for them. They needed to pull out before it became really bad. After this, Ronald Reagan became president. He was a staunch anti-communist. This led to a period of heightened tensions between Russia and America undoing a lot of the work that Nixon had tried to achieve. ...read more.


Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" This speech came at a time when the Soviet Union was failing and could not support itself, let alone the countries it controlled in Eastern Europe and Asia. It was delivered in 1987 and just two years later, the Berlin Wall fell and the countries of Eastern Europe were once again in control over their own governments. In conclusion, the period of 1970 to 1990 was a bit of a rollercoaster for America as they moved from the brink of war to peace and then back again before playing a major role in the collapse of the biggest threat to the US ever before. They helped broker deals, then destroyed them all without disturbing the balance of the world and tipping it towards all out nuclear war. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sam Aston Mr. Englefield 10S History ...read more.

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