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Why did relations between the USA and the Soviet Union worsen between 1948-56?

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  • Essay length: 788 words
  • Submitted: 07/11/2012
  • Awarding body: AQA (for GCSEs)
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GCSE International relations 1945-1991

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Why did relations between the USA and the Soviet Union worsen between 1948-56?

The arms race between the Soviet Union and the USA was very unsteady and constantly moving. The Soviet Union were always catching up with the USA on the weapons that they had, until the end when they were either in the lead or were ahead of the USA. The arms race started with the USA detonating the first atomic bomb in 1945 on Hiroshima as a result of Japan bombing Pearl Harbour. The Soviet Union equalled out the arms race when they detonated their first atomic bomb in 1949 (4 years ahead of predicted). After that America went back in being in the lead by revealing their own Hydrogen Bomb. Their lead was short as the Russian scientists managed to develop a Hydrogen Bomb as well. As the Hydrogen Bomb was so big there was no way for the Bomb to be put onto a plane and dropped from above the target, this was until the USA developed a plane especially made for carrying Hydrogen Bombs in 1954. Later in the year the Soviet Union developed their own Hydrogen Bomb Bomber. Yet again the USA

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