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Why did relations between the USA and USSR change in the years 1955-61?

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There are at least three main reasons for this change.

First, there was the fact that Nikita Khrushchev had, by 1955, had some time to consolidate his power in the Soviet Union.  There had been a relative thaw after Stalin’s death as Khrushchev was new in power.  By 1955, he was more solidly in place and was willing to be more aggressive towards the US.

Second, there was the fact that...

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