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11. 14 The Threat of Nuclear War

At the beginning of 1957, the U.S. in an attempt to compete with the USSR in the race for armaments, went ahead in the development of guided missiles with nuclear warheads. At this point, the USSR seemed keen on having talks on disarmament. While the conference on disarmament i.e. to stop the testing of nuclear weapons and to reduce to conventional arms. The conference was deadlocked as the USSR could not come to an agreement on the issue of aerial inspection issue.

One of the reasons for this could be attributed to the fact that Russia too had by 1957 successfully tested intercontinental ballistic missiles, much stronger than the ones developed by the U.S. In October 1957, the USSR launched the first successful satellite in space called Sputnik. The U.S. quickly joined the race. Three months later, the U.S. launched its own satellite. Once again, the U.S. began reconsidering and re-evaluating the missile strength and technical skill of the USSR And in 1958, Eisenhower urged the Congress to further strengthen the nationís defenses and to give more aid, both military and economic, to the underdeveloped countries.

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Table of Contents

11.0 - Chronology of Major Events in this Period
11.1 - Conditions at Home
11.2 - The Employment Act
11.3 - The Taft-Hartley Labor Management Relations Act
11.4 - The Truman's Civil Rights Program
11.5 - The McCarthy Period
11.6 - The Cold War Abroad
11.7 - The Korean War
11.8 - The Eisenhower Administration
11.9 - The Civil Rights movement and the question of Desegregation
11.10 - The Labor Reform act
11.11 - The Budget
11.12 - The Economy in the 60s
11.13 - The Communist Threat Abroad
11.14 - The Threat of Nuclear War
11.15 - The Exploration of Outer Space
11.16 - The Geneve Conference on Disarmament
11.17 - Our WorldToday


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