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From Preponderance to Détente after the Cuban Missile Crisis

From Preponderance to Détente after the Cuban Missile Crisis

Chapter:
(p.100) 4 From Preponderance to Détente after the Cuban Missile Crisis
Source:
Grand Strategy from Truman to Trump
Author(s):
Benjamin MillerZiv Rubinovitz
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226735153.003.0005

This chapter identifies some of the key conditions for a change from Offensive to Defensive realism, focusing mainly on the changing nature of the threat from intended revisionism to inadvertent escalation. This chapter argues that the acute dangers of inadvertent escalation, miscalculation and loss of control demonstrated during the Cuban Missile Crisis—as well as the peaceful resolution of the crisis—caused a major change in U.S. grand strategy toward the Soviet Union.

Keywords:   Cuban Missle Crisis, mutual assured destruction, inadvertent escalation

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