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Dwight D. Eisenhower
With the 1955 Geneva “Big Four” Summit to Ease Cold War Tensions Over, President Dwight D. Eisenhower Readies to “entrust the Geneva Conference to the judgment of history” He thanks Ambassador Lewellyn Thompson, soon to begin his lengthy stint in Moscow, for his assistance .
28/07/1955. This meeting resulted in the short hiatus in Cold War pressures known as the Spirit of GenevaSoviet relations with the United States chilled after World War II as the Soviet Union exerted its influence - or simply imposed its will - on the satellite states of Eastern Europe.  Then came the Communist takeover of China, which the Soviets applauded. The Korean War began in 1950, and the Soviets gave their support to the Communist government in North Korea.  When American nuclear research produced the hydrogen bomb in 1952, the Soviets followed suit in 1953. On May 5, 1955, West Germany joined NATO, making Soviet leaders nervous. On May 14,  the Soviet Union signed agreements with its satellite regimes, creating what was called the Warsaw Pact. According to the agreement, each member nation would be defended against ""imperialist"" interference or military intervention. This heightened anxieties in the West, most particularly in Washington.In May 1955, seeing East-West tensions rising fast, Britain and France proposed a conference with Soviet leaders to ease the situation, at the same time as the Soviet Union was trying to negotiate a withdrawal of the World War II allies from their occupation of Austria. The U.S., U.S.S.R., Britain and France signed an agreement that reestablished Austria's independence, with the proviso that Austria would remain ""forever neutral"" in foreign affairs. The Kremlin pulled its troops out of Austria, and, of the three countries divided at the end of World War II, Austria became the first to achieve reunification. Eisenhower was im … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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