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    Does anybody know Kennedy's foreign policy during the cold war.

    I know Truman had the whole idea of containment.
    Eisenhower took it a step further with NSC-68 and brinkmanship.

    But I can't find anything on Kennedy?
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    Kennedy was tough on Communism and he was elected on that message. His rhetoric was very hard especially concerning Germany and definitely did not relax tensions.
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    ok.. so to the public he was tough on communism but in private he wanted to establish a working relationship with krushchev? is that right?
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    He was young and inexperienced and so was vulnerable to attacks that he was weak on communism. Therefore he would always try hard to look tough. But the bay of pigs was a big disaster for him and added to his vulnerability. So he was alway under pressure to take a firm stance as demonstrated during the cuban missile crisis. During this crisis he demonstrated hard tough line rhetoric in public whilst ensuring diplomatic solutions were always available in private.
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    this is exam is worrying me no ends, do we need to know LOADS of detail, or the general chronology and relevant points of how things are casual and consequential...in terms of ussr and usa feats.

    urgh and any tips on how to focus the question, what are the ways of hitting the AO's for the exam :|
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    You only need to know the basics and what the consequences were ,ie how it changed the situation and the relations. Analysing the sources is the most important bit.
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    (Original post by 1pamplemousse1)
    ok.. so to the public he was tough on communism but in private he wanted to establish a working relationship with krushchev? is that right?
    yeah think so particularly with cuban missile crisis. khrushchev (i'm going to have a field day trying to get his name spelt right) said USSR would not interfere with Cuba if USA got rid of the missles in Turkey. kennedy reported to the public that Khrushchev and the russian ships were truning away from cuba but did not mention that he made concessions too in regards with hte missiles in turkey.
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    Kennedy wasn't as hard-lined towards the Soviet Union as Truman was. Kennedy was patriotic, nationalistic and although he didn't believe in starting confrontation with Russia, he declared that any issue would be met "Sword in hand"
 
 
 
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