• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Was the Cuban Missile Crisis a Success for Containment?

Extracts from this document...


Introduction The Cuban missile crisis was a major test for containment. Containment was the policy that was to try and prevent the USSR from spreading further into the world. The policy first came into action on 12th March 1947 when Truman made a speech. Kennedy later used this in 1962 when he formed a blockade around Cuba so that the USSR could not get its weapons of destruction to it. This was an act of containment because he stopped the USSR getting its weapons to Cuba and it stopped Cuba trading with the USSR so it had totally blocked off all physical contact with its ally. The argument that I am going to argue is that the Cuban missile crisis was a success for containment. ...read more.


In addition the crisis showed the success of containment in that Kennedy did not go to war endangering his country. He decided to contain Cuba which proved more effective. Here are the 3 main options that Kennedy had:- * Go to War * Block the USSR from Cuba * Do nothing Go to War If Kennedy had decided to do this, then the world could have been destroyed in a matter of minutes. It takes just 10 minutes for a short range missile to reach its maximum range. It takes only 20 minutes for a long range missile to reach its distance. So this idea would not have been the best thing that Kennedy could have done. Block the USSR from Cuba If Kennedy chose this option then he would be making an act of war. ...read more.


Arguments Against Containment might be considered to be unsuccessful because America had to remove its weapons of destruction from Turkey. However, this is one little point compared to the fact that because Kennedy used containment to his advantage, he got the weapons of mass destruction taken away and the people of America had no idea that America was removing its missiles from Turkey. I feel that this point is far greater than the point saying that America had to remove its weapons. Conclusion All in all I feel that containment was successful in the Cuban missile crisis because the points that are stated are much more superior to the ones against. My argument shows that containment was successful and it avoided the world coming to the end. Mark Baptist Page 3 24/11/02 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE International relations 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE International relations 1945-1991 essays

  1. Cuban Missile Crisis Sources Questions

    and Italy when Kennedy had asked them to do so, before the missile crisis had come into existence. Which leads to the final reason for choosing to end the conflict so rapidly. It was the very nature of the crisis itself that pushed the leaders to resolution.

  2. History Cuba Missile Crisis

    In June 1961 Premier Khrushchev threatened to sign a separate peace treaty with East Germany, which he said, would end American, British, and French access rights to West Berlin. The construction of the Berlin Wall started at around 2:00 A.M.

  1. Cuban missile crisis.

    people, and to remove the threat of nuclear weapons in the 'backyard'. He was under a great deal of pressure from Republican senators for 'doing nothing about Cuba' and military hawks in his own government who constantly calling air strikes or a full-scale invasion.

  2. Q1.What were the Superpower relations like between 1945 and 1959, before the Cuban Missile ...

    This caused friction between the two Super powers as the Allies, England, U.S.A, and France. Russian territory surrounded Western Germany. Truman stated his opinion and argued Stalin's law about capitalism in his land led to these two Super powers drifting even further apart.

  1. The Cuban Missile Crisis: Was President Kennedy the Saviour of the Cuban Missile Crisis?

    In 1961, Kennedy decided to do something about the situation in Cuba. He backed up a group of anti-communist Cubans to launch an attack on the south coast of Cuba in a place called the Bay of Pigs. The excuse that America used for attacking Cuba was because it posed an economic, political and military threat.

  2. Cold War Short Essays - Questions and Answers.

    After the Cuban Missile Crisis, the superpowers did not want to risk the threat of nuclear war ever becoming so serious again. Thus they formed a hotline between the Kremlin in the USSR and the White House in the USA.

  1. Cold War Summary, quotes and revision notes.

    There were also "non aligned" and "third world" countries and the situation became more complex towards the end of the Cold War. Still, most international disputes were seen through the prism of the Cold War and many nations lined up behind one superpower or the other.

  2. How far was the Cuban Missile Crisis the most important event during the period ...

    However, this source does not show how the other events were just as important. In addition, this source was published in the daily mail which tells me that this it is exaggerated to interest the audience. Therefore, this source cannot be academically referenced or used to confirm a series of events.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work