The Impact of Limiting Nuclear Weapons during The Cold War

analytical Essay
1848 words
1848 words

What was the Effect of Limiting Nuclear Weapons during The Cold War?

A. Plan of Investigation

The investigation assesses the effect of limiting nuclear weapons during the Cold War. In order to evaluate its significance, the investigation evaluates the role of Détente and the Strategic Arms Limitation Talk during the Cold War. These causes are investigated by the SALT process, Strategic Defense Initiative, the role of Détente policy and it’s demolition, and the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. Articles are mostly used to evaluate the Détente Policy’s significance. Two sources used in the essay, The Cold War and The Cold War, A New History complied by Robert McMahon and John Lewis Gaddis are then evaluated for their origin, purpose, values and limitations.

B. Summary of Evidence

Prior to the demolition of the détente policy, it was used to lessen the danger of nuclear war through negotiation of verifiable arms control agreements, a hallmark of détente; the centerpiece was the Soviet-America effort to limit the nuclear arms race. Détente did not mean to replace the Cold War with a structure of peace, but to manage the Cold War in a safer and more controlled manner so as to minimize the possibility of accidental war or a destabilizing arms movement. Détente later turned into a “new correlation of forces in the world arena” as countries started accepting détente as a sign of power instead of out of weakness. Although at first, the process of European détente won popular approvals in Europe’s Cold War divide, leading to a significant increase in trade between Eastern and western Europe, greater individual freedom of movement across the Iron Curtain, claming tensions across central Europe, and the growth of the ...

... middle of paper ... view can be justified by the fact that nuclear weapons played a major role in the Cold War, as the countries were trying to balance the deployments of them, but as the time went by they slowly were starting to disappear due to the treaties made by Gorbachev and Nixon which ended up to the collapse and changes of the Soviet Union.

F. Sources

Beichman, Arnold. “By Refusing to Accept Second Place, Reagan Ended (and won) Cold War.” Washington Times. July 1997.

Cannon, Lon. President Reagan, The Role of a Lifetime. New York: Public Affairs. 1991.

Gaddis, John Lewis. The Cold War, A New History. New York: Penguin Books. 2005.

McCauley, Martin. Russia, America, and the Cold War. London: Pearson Education Limited. 2004.

McMahon, Robert. The Cold War. New York: Oxford. 2005.

“Russia, Eastern Europe Ended Cold War.” Arabia 2000. November 2000.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the investigation assesses the effect of limiting nuclear weapons during the cold war.
  • Explains that détente was used to lessen the danger of nuclear war through negotiations of verifiable arms control agreements, a hallmark of détente.
  • Explains that the strategic arms limitation talk focused on limiting the number of intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles each side could deploy, creating the salt process.
  • Analyzes how the soviet-american conflict in the third world eroded support for détente within the united states.
  • Analyzes how the elimination of nuclear weapons justified the inconsistency of the cold war, but also ended it.
  • Explains that nixon set the boundaries of nuclear weapons, the détente policy, and the salt treaties, but reagan ended up destroying them and trying to gain power over the soviet union which led to the inf treaty and ultimately the end of the cold war.
  • Opines that reagan ended the cold war by refusing to accept second place.
  • Compares robert j. mcmahon's the cold war with john lewis gaddis' a new history, which is based on the purpose to respond at a much smaller level.
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