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Were contemporaries correct in regarding President Kennedy as the saviour of the Western World after the Cuban missile crisis?

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GCSE International relations 1945-1991

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Were contemporaries correct in regarding President Kennedy as the saviour of the Western World after the Cuban missile crisis?

Between the years of 1945 and 1990 there was a period we now call the 'Cold War'. This 'war' was between the two 'Superpowers' namely the USA and the USSR. These two countries were involved in various confrontations, very few of which were deadly. An atmosphere of tension and mistrust lay between them, as each country wanted power over the other, whether it is through weapons of mass destruction or through space travel.

The two countries were involved in a 'space race' where each country tried to be the first into space, and on the moon. The USSR were successful in carrying the first man into space in 1961, but the USA were the first to carry man to the moon, some eight years later, in 1969.

There was also a more deadly race between the two countries, called the 'arms race'. This was a race to see who could produce the most destructive nuclear weapons.

Both countries tried to keep an eye on each other by using a network of spies. One

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