The Russian Involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis

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The Cold War was an important aspect of the twentieth century. The two dominant powers at the time, United States of America (USA) and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), and their allies were vying for control in the world. The Cold War had very limited combat between countries, and instead it was considered a nuclear threat. The USA was the leading country when examining nuclear warfare and the USSR was lingering behind. The USSR wanted to stay on track with the USA in every military, economic, and social aspect. The aspect of fear was present in the Cold War due to the constant competition between the USA and USSR. Therefore, when the Americans placed missiles in Turkey and aimed them at the USSR, the USSR wanted to have missiles aimed at the USA. The USSR wanted to place missiles in Cuba, and this led to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. During the thirteen-day event the world stood by in fear and waited for something to happen. The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the most important events during the Cold War because of the drive for power between the USSR and the USA, the circumstances and interactions between countries during and after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the USSR foreign relations, and the development of new destructive technology; the USSR’s involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis was significant in their attempt to gain power in the world.
The events that occurred during the Cuban Missile Crisis are important because they demonstrate all aspects of Soviet foreign relations, the interactions between the USSR and the USA, and the development of a nuclear threat. After the United States attempted to overthrow the Communist regime in Cuba in 1961 the Soviets interfered and the agreement to install missile...

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