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Lecture

Cold War Realism


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POL101Y1
Professor
Jeffrey Kopstein

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N ovember 29 TUTORIAL #3
Cold War realism
Cold War: Origins
End of WWII
Division of Europe
Hungary 1956
Division of Germany (1949-1989)
Federal Republic of Germany
Germany Democratic Republic
West Berlin/ East Berlin (Checkpoints open to Germany only, Checkpoints open to
Germany and Non-German)
Cold War: From Confrontation to Stalemate
Nuclear Weapons. Weapons of a new kind?
Difference between deterrence and defense: what are nuclear weapons good for?
MANNU: DATA ON NUCLEAR WEAPONSMEANS OF DEVLIEERY (MISSLES,
CUBS, BOMBERS)
US Monopoly 1945-1949.
US Superiority 1949-1968: Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).
Parity 1968-1991.
Nuclear Capacity
United Sates:
Total number of nuclear missile built, 1951-present: 67,500
Total number of nuclear bombs built, 1945-present: 4,650
Peak number of nuclear warheads and bombs in the stockpile/year: 32,193 (1966)
Number of attack (SSN) and ballistic missile (SSBN) submarines (2002): 53 SSNs
and 188 SSBNs
Nuclear Capacity
Soviet Union
Total number of nuclear missiles built, 1951-1989: approx. 42,000
Total number of nuclear bombers built: 1945-1989, approx.34, 000
Number of attack: (SSN) and ballistic missile (SSNS) submarines (2002); 29 SSNs
and 9 SSBNSs
Stockpile of Nuclear Bombs
Source: Brooking Institute
Cold War (Proxy)
Korean War
Vietnam War
Guatemalan Civil War
Angolan Civil War
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