The Threat of Nuclear War Since the Cold War

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The Threat of Nuclear War Since the Cold War

I partly agree and disagree with the above statement. Nuclear war was at the height of taking place in the cold war and whilst it has subsided a little since the end it has not yet completely gone. Nuclear threat is different now then it was in the Twentieth Century, to prove my views I will talk about the cold war with reference to nuclear threat and what that means today.

At the end of the Second World War, the world was in devastation, Germany has finally been defeated and a new superpower emerged: United States of America. To examine the threats of nuclear war in the cold war I must first look at the causes of the cold war, this would help me
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For a while, the US was ahead in the nuclear arms race, but not for long - the Soviet Hydrogen bomb was exploded barely a year later. This pattern went on and on and the USA was ahead most of the time. It was at this time (when all these destructive weapons were being developed) that the concept of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) came about and many people thought nuclear weapons were not a threat because of this idea. A population is best protected by leaving it vulnerable to nuclear attack as long as the opposing side experiences the same level of vulnerability. So, in other words, whoever shoots first dies second - whatever happens. All these nuclear weapons were owned by powerful countries with precise security measures (though not all the time) and excellent organization. Also, the kind of threat I am talking about was an event which could spark off a retaliation which could be nuclear war and human error could also be a threat and this happened many times throughout the course of the cold war. This is all very different compared to nuclear threat today.

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a breathtaking event and was the closest the world had come to annihilation and was the cause of extra measures put forward by the both governments involved. In 1959, the leader of Cuba - Batista - was overthrown by a Communist ruler, Fidel Castro. Cuba was often known as being the
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