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Britain's role in East-West détente

Anti-nuclear protestors stage a demonstration when John F Kennedy visits Britain eight months after the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Anti-nuclear protestors stage a demonstration when John F Kennedy visits Britain eight months after the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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During the 1950s and 1960s Britain played a significant role in negotiations over Germany and Berlin. Although influential in meetings leading to the in the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963 and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968, British influence in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks from 1969 was negligible.

Test ban negotiations in 1958-1960

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Further reading

  • White, B., Britain, Détente and Changing East-West Relations (London and New York: Routledge, 1992)