Us-Soviet Relations Did Not Improve in the 1970's

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“US- Soviet relations did not fundamentally improve in the 1970s” how far do you agree with this view? When Brezhnev had succeeded Khrushchev as leader in 1964 and Nixon had taken office in 1969, a new age known as the détente had surfaced. Détente was the period during the 1970s where both superpowers pursued to lessen tensions by reaching general agreements on the arms reductions and trade relations. This innovative reinventing of the foreign policy by the two leaders had been pressured by many problems at home, particularly economy, as both nations suffered economic problems mainly due to the extensive amount of capital going towards the arms race. The term fundamentally in the title can be perceived as the relations improving during the 1970s by events such as the improvement on economy, many summits limitations on arms production and agreements signed; agreeing with post-revisionist historians such as Gordon Craig who believed the 1970s relations caused less dangerous and more useful international relations. However the extent of the improvement had been limited and was overshadowed by events such as the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, economic realities of the USSR, limitations of the arms reduction and summit meetings, the role of presidents and the role of critics, complementing the views of US historians such as Draper who had argued the US’s role in the détente was merely to appease the USSR. Nevertheless the extent of the success in progression of relations will be analyzed in relation to the factors mentioned above. There had been many critics of the détente throughout the 1970s; this had in result put a lot of pressure on the leaders of each country thus causing reluctance in the prospect of further negotiations between the superpowers. The US and Soviet public had been brainwashed with capitalist or communist propaganda for almost twenty years,
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