Evaluate the importance of key military and political developments on the outcome of the Cold War. Students may use one the following examples to address this standard.
The Cold War Era, 1945–1991
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the arms race and arms control agreements (including the ABM and SALT treaties)
life in the USSR after Stalin’s death in 1953, the rule of Nikita Khrushchev, popular uprisings in Soviet-controlled countries such as the 1956 uprising in Hungary and the “Prague Spring” of 1968
détente and diplomatic efforts between the USSR and the West
Soviet-U.S. competition in the Middle East and the Soviet War in Afghanistan
the United States backing for the overthrow of Mossadegh in Iran (1953) and Arbenz in Guatemala (1954), demonstrating the stakes of the Cold War in non-Great Power countries