Contemporary World History: Two Questions Part A 1.This essay will argue that the Cuban Missile Crisis demonstrated Soviet weakness with respect to the United States in terms of not only strategic military capability but also with respect to political and diplomatic weakness. On October 16, 1962, President Kennedy of the United States first learned of the unexpected deployment of Soviet medium-range nuclear missiles on the island of Cuba. Over the next two weeks, an intense diplomatic and public confrontation between the leadership of the United States and the USSR – by then, two Cold War adversaries – brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. It may be argued that this confrontation – later termed the “Cuban Missile Crisis” – both...The end:
....., the Korean War was significant in how it re-shaped the understanding of war itself in the Cold War era. It was the first of a new type of war in which there often seemed no clear winners or losers. As such, the Korean War became a template for a more complex, and challenging type of conflict which has direct relevance to our understanding of conflicts today, years after the Cold War, in Iraq and Afghanistan. References Edwards, P. (2006). The Korean war. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Garthoff, R. (2001). A journey through the cold war: A memoir of containment and coexistence. Washington: Brookings Institute Press. Nathan, J. (1988). “The cold war model.” In Divine, R. (Ed.), The Cuban missile crisis. New York: Markus Weiner, pp.326- 360.