What is meant by the term Thaw?
Between 1953 and 62 the Cold War experienced a period of contradictions, both sides were openly discussing ways of reducing tension yet acting in ways that could be interpreted as provocative and increasing in tension. This period although studied briefly is a hugely important period.
As we work through the content be keeping some notes in the doc. and / OR create a Frayer model as suggested in the ppt. and record events on there.
Additional Reading to support the ideas in this section:
The excellent CNN series on this period
Episode 7: Focuses on changes after Stalin and the Hungarian uprising.
Episode 8: Focuses on the development of the Arms race and the tensions between the powers.
Episode 9: Focuses on the emerging crisis in Berlin, causes and effects of the building of the wall.