Date of Submission

Spring 2012

Academic Program

Historical Studies

Project Advisor 1

Mark Lytle

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This project examines the ways in which the Cuban Missile Crisis directly led to the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963. Prior to John F. Kennedy taking the presidential oath of office, test ban negotiations had been in progress; however, due to Cold War tensions that were running rampant throughout both the United States and the Soviet Union prevented agreement on the exact details of a treaty. When Kennedy came to office, he wanted to change the face of the Cold War and wanted to attempt to end to nuclear arms race. After the Cuban Missile Crisis almost resulted in a dangerous nuclear war between the two world superpowers, Kennedy and Khrushchev began test ban negotiations again and in August 1963, their nations were able to sign the Limited Test Ban Treaty.

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