The cuban missile crisis was perhaps the greatest test of john f kennedy's presidency, and while he and khrushchev were able to achieve a peaceful resolution, the crisis had a number of far-reaching historical consequences. In the current issue of political science quarterly, the professional journal of the association of american political scientists, montague kern observes that the cuban missile crisis is one of those full-bore crises in which an ideological enemy (the soviet union) is universally perceived to have gone on the attack, leading to a rally. The cuban missile crisis is a seminal event for thirteen days of october 1962, there was a higher probability that more human lives would end suddenly than ever before in history. Introduction the cuban missile crisis—known as the caribbean crisis in russia and the october crisis in cuba—was a dramatic confrontation from 22 to 28 october 1962 between the united states and the soviet union over the soviet stationing of nuclear missiles in cuba. Cuban missile crisis, 1962, major cold war confrontation between the united states and the soviet union in response to the bay of pigs invasion and other american actions against cuba as well as to president kennedy's build-up in italy and turkey of us strategic nuclear forces with first-strike capability aimed at the soviet union, the ussr increased its support of fidel castro's cuban regime.
With many official memos and government documents from the cuban missile crisis declassified in the past decades, new evidence suggests that the traditional historic interpretation of the crisis is not accurate. Proccz , and politics: conceptual models and the cuban missile crisis, accepted by the department of government, harvard university, january, 1968 any views expressed in this paper are those of the author. From the archive: november 3, 1962 editor's note: here's how afj reacted to the end of the cuban missile crisis, 13 october days when the world lived on a knife's edge.
Essence of decision: explaining the cuban missile crisis is an analysis by political scientist graham t allison, of the 1962 cuban missile crisis allison used the crisis as a case study for future studies into governmental decision-making. Hair-raising days of the cuban missile crisis nikolas kozloff, a nacla senior research associate, is the author of revolution south america and the rise of the new left (palgrave-macmillan, 2008. From wwii to the cuban missile crisis, these accounts illustrate the erratic behavior of global politics as the americans and soviets rapidly transformed the globe into a bi-polar arena of conflict. The cuban missile crisis in the summer of 1962, khrushchev reached a secret agreement with the cuban government to supply nuclear missiles capable of protecting the island against another us-sponsored invasion. The cuban missile crisis webquest and video analysis with key- this is a 10 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teacher's key for easy marking it contains 30 questions based on a tutorial video and the historycom website.
In addition, kremlin backers such as igor korotchenko, a russian military scholar and member of the defense ministry's public advisory council, stated that the chain of events could lead to a crisis that is as dangerous as the cuban missile crisis of 1962 and that the subsequent events could potentially provoke world war iii. The cuban missile crisis of october, 1962, has received a considerable amount of attention in recent years, but very little, if any, of that interest has involved an analysis of the role played by smaller and even neutral na. The cuban missile crisis has become one of the most written-about events in the history of the twentieth century, a subject of seemingly endless scrutiny in scholarly accounts of widely varying quality, in memoirs and fiction and in documentaries and hollywood blockbusters. The journal of conflict studies 177 review essay the cuban missile crisis fursenko, aleksandr, and timothy naftali one hell of a gamble: krushchev. An analysis of the impact of nikita s khrushchev on the cuban missile crisis and the inner workings of the soviet government and the party's criticism of him many people today simply do not realize just how close the world came to nuclear war when john f kennedy and nikita s khrushchev squared off for 13 tense days during the cuban missile.
The cuban missile crisis has been almost uniformly acknowledged by historians as the most dangerous moment of the cold war it is also one of the most thoroughly documented episodes of the conflict yet, with the continued release of records from russia, cuba, and far beyond, it remains astonishingly fertile ground for historians. The cuban missile crisis — known as the october crisis in cuba and the caribbean crisis (russian: kарибский кризис, tr karibskiy krizis) in the former ussr — was a 13-day confrontation in october 1962 between the soviet union and cuba on one side and the united states on the other side. In the 55 years since unseen nuclear bullets were dodged in the cuban missile crisis, the united states' technical capabilities to gather intelligence have improved breathtakingly. The failed attempt at the military overthrow of the castro-led revolutionary government led directly to the cuban missile crisis a few months later in october 1962, when washington learned of soviet efforts to establish a nuclear deterrent on the island.
British archives on the cuban missile crisis 1962 great britain: archival publications international limited, 2001 brugioni, dino a eyeball to eyeball: the inside story of the cuban missile crisis 1st ed new york: random house, 1991 chang, laurence and peter kornbluh cuban missile crisis. North korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, us intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment. Most analysts agree that the few weeks of the cuban missile crisis of 1962 marked the closest point during the cold war where a full-scale nuclear war between the us and the ussr could have begun (blight, nye, & welch, 1987 garthoff, 1988. The cuban missile crisis began on october 15when the united states, during its routine u-2 spy plane investigations of communist nations, discovered the presence of launching pads for nuclear-equipped ballistic missiles within cuban borders 1 such a discovery was cause for.