Detente

The Cold War

Europe 1972.0526

Detente

The Cold War in Europe (26 May 1972)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

The crises of the early '60s brought the world to the edge of nuclear war, prompting the United States and the Soviet Union to make serious efforts to ease tensions and reduce their arsenals. Meanwhile, the world itself became less bipolar as fractures grew in US-French and, more seriously, Soviet-Chinese relations.

Main Events

France withdraws from NATO's integrated military command and asks all non-French NATO troops to leave France

Six Day War fought by Israel against Egypt, Syria, and Jordan

Soviet Union, Bulgaria, East Germany, Hungary and Poland invade Czechoslovakia to end Prague Spring reforms

Border conflict between Soviet Union and China

Strategic Arms Limitation Talks between Soviet Union and United States (SALT I)

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