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Saw it gave the US advantage and quickly agreed to fund it



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Saw it gave the US advantage and quickly agreed to fund it.

Soviet Response

Accused the US of weaponising space but had to spend money to compete – money they did not have.


7. Follow the Leader!

Whilst the early 1980s saw a dramatic change in the US action in the Cold War and Reagan taking the view that he would deal with the Soviets from a position of strength, the Soviets were problems with its leadership. Mainly being that the guy in charge kept dying on them.


7. The Soviet Premiers. Handsome bunch.

In November 1982 Leonid Brezhnev died and was replaced by Yuri Andropov. Andropov managed to last 6 months before having to enter hospital and pretty much never leaving until he died in February 1984. The Soviets replaced him with Konstantin Chernenko (who was already 72!) and managed to last a whole 6 weeks before being hospitalised and again, pretty much never leaving until he died in March 1985. During this succession of old, ill and dead rulers there were 3 major events



  1. A US-Soviet trade agreement in 1983. It was the biggest deal in the Cold War and helped both sides. It suggested they could perhaps still work together.

  2. A Soviet boycott of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. In response to the American boycott in 1980 – the Soviets and the Warsaw Pact countries refused to attend the Olympics in the US

  3. In 1985 there were protests in Europe and America about new Cruise and Pershing missiles being installed – part of a growing anti nuclear movement.




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