What was the dynamic between Khrushchev and the USA (Eisenhower/Kennedy) from 1953 to 1963 ?
What was the dynamic between Khrushchev and the USA (Eisenhower/Kennedy) to explain the transition from a peaceful coexistence to the Berlin Wall & the Cuban Missile Crisis from 1953 to 1963 ?
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After the death of Stalin, Khrushchev initiated what came to be known as the Khrushchev Thaw, a period of relative liberalization across the Soviet Union. During this time, the Soviet Union state began interacting and negotiating with the West on a number of fronts, including political and economic reform and cooperation. Khrushchev implemented a policy of peaceful coexistence with non-Stalinist states, which opened the door for international dialogue with the West and parts of Asia. Both Khrushchev and President Eisenhower attended the Geneva Peace Summit in 1955 in an attempt to ease Cold War tensions. However, in 1962, following the Cuban Missile Crises, cooperation came to an abrupt halt as both the U.S. and the Soviet Union state became concerned with the possibility of a nuclear arms race and war.
During the thaw the cold war grew to an even higher level of dangerosity. A restless competition began between the two superpower. This was not only a military competition (arm race) it was also a struggle to know who were the best in sports and also in technological development (space race). Once again it was a clash of ideologies as the two sides were trying to prove that their way was the best.
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