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The Cold War 1970-1980: Détente

Subjects / History / The Cold War

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A new decade began with renewed hope that both East and West could improve their relationship. This period of the Cold War became known as the era of détente, a French word meaning 'relaxation'. The 'superpowers' began to openly discuss the limitations of the 'arms and space race,' human rights violations and the prevention of further flashpoints throughout the world. However, despite the agreements made on trade, Brezhnev's historical visit to the US capital and a symbolic handshake between Soviet cosmonauts and American astronauts in space, the 1970s ended with the American Olympic team boycotting the summer games in Moscow in 1980.

Author: Cathal Doyle Publisher: GCSEPod®
Narrator: Peter McGowan ISBN: 978-1-84906-003-5
Video ISBN: 978-1-84906-503-0


  1. Trouble on the Home Front
  2. SALT
  3. Détente in action
  4. End of Détente

Exam Board Relevance

  • Edxcel
  • AQA
  • CEA
  • IGCSE (EdExcel)
  • OCR
  • SQA
  • WJEC
  • IGCSE (CiE)

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Curriculum and Exam Board Information

Key Issues



  • Economic problems for USA and USSR over inflation, weapons and oil
  • Contacts with China
  • Initiatives of President Nixon
  • Consequences of Vietnam War
  • SALT 1
  • Helsinki 1975
  • SALT 2
  • Other contacts between the Superpowers in 1970s: visits, cultural; sport
  • The Soviet involvement in Afghanistan
  • 1970-79 Détente and the renewal of the Cold War. China's relationship with the USA and the Soviet reactions to this
  • Personalities: Nixon, Mao Zedong, Brezhnev, Carter
  • Soviet power in Eastern Europe - 1970-1980
  • China


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