Economic and Political Reasons for Detente

Economic and Political Reasons for Detente

Economic and Political Reasons for Detente- Mid 1960s-Mid 1970s TOPIC 3: DETENTE What do you think detente means? ? ? ?

Definition Detente: A French word for slacken, relax or reduce pressure Why did detente occur? A series of international crises meant that the

US and the Soviet Union had to rethink their positions Historian D McDougall stated that it was a way to gain improvements without being cooperative The nations agreed to limit the nuclear arms race and establish links across the Iron Curtain

Economic Reasons for detente: The Soviet Union Khrushchev was dismissed in 1964 The Soviet Politburo (government) faced huge economic problems In order to improve the standard of living, they had to stop spending money on the military The soviets could access western technology

and food supplies through detente Economic Reasons for detente: The US They could spend less on the military and more on social reform the civil rights movement saw the rise in urban riots Kennedy had promised a new frontier and Johnson a new society but had a lack of

resources because of military spending Political Reasons for Detente The Soviet Union The Soviet Union could boast that they had stabilised the situation and continued to control Eastern Europe Political Reasons for Detente The US

People in America were against communism, politicians could not be seen to be letting the Soviet Union win detente allowed an easing of pressure without an agreement of values Detente offered negotiation, not confrontation

The Arms Race The Cuban Missile Crisis had frightened people around the world By 1969 the Soviets has matched the US for mutually assured destruction There was a balance of power but the innovations in technology could destroy this balance at any time

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