From ABC-CLIO's History Hub website
This list of resources provides an overview of the period of de-escalation between the United States and the Soviet Union known as détente. Use these articles and documents to support students' understanding of the policies and proxy wars that defined the later decades of the Cold War era. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.
Time Period Key Understandings
The struggle for political power can motivate nationalist response among the citizenry
Contrasting influences of communism and democracy can lead to difficult and fragmented transitions in political states
Geographic containment does not mean ideological containment
Ideological wars do not have physical endings
The legacies of political leadership and social policy cannot be erased
Weapons of mass destruction increase the impact and importance of political policy
Nationalism can motivate both national unity and domestic terrorism
The global focus on human rights influenced political regimes and economic structures
How did the policy of détente seek to reduce Cold War tensions? Why were the two superpowers willing to engage in this policy? What challenges did promoters of détente face?
How were anticolonial conflicts around the world affected by the interests of the two superpowers? Why did they become involved in such conflicts?
Why do you think nationalist, radical, and domestic terrorist groups were able to lead influential movements during the period of détente?
How did Cold War rivalries affect events in the Middle East?