The armageddon letters – a transmedia project (multiplatform storytelling) launched on the occasion of the 50 th anniversary of the cuban missile crisis – takes visitors behind the scenes during the october 1962 cuban missile crisis, the most dangerous crisis in recorded history. The cuban missile crisis in 1962 was a period of tense relationship between the ussr and the us the us had discovered with a u2 spy plane that the soviets were deploying medium range and intermediate ballistic missiles on the island of cuba under the permission from fidel castro4 these missiles had a potential range hitting targets in. Soviet premier nikita khrushchev agrees to remove the missiles, and a nuclear war is averted with the resolving of the cuban missile crisis other interesting facts the united states had 170 intercontinental ballistic missiles (icbm), while the soviets had only 75. The history of the cuban missile crisis has always attracted a great deal of attention in the 50-odd years that have passed since the soviet union deployed its missiles in cuba only to withdraw them after a brief but intense confrontation with the united states in october 1962.
The cuban missile crisis involved a single discrete set of circumstances it stemmed from soviet leader nikita s khrushchev's secret dispatch of nuclear missiles to fidel castro's revolutionary cuba and us president john f kennedy's determination to reverse that deployment. After the cuban missile crisis was over and the soviets left the island of cuba, castro felt abandoned by the soviet union although the cubans had a guarantee of not being invaded by the soviets, the relationship between the two countries fell apart over the many years to come. The cuban missile crisis, 1962 crisis khrushchev, nikita s first secretary, communist party of the soviet union, sept 1953-oct bombers to be removed as well as to smooth over strained cuban-soviet relations nitze, paul h assistant secretary for international securit affairs, department of. He presided over the cuban missile crisis nikita sergeyevich khrushchev was born in 1894 into a poor family near kursk in south-western russia he received very little formal education.
Khrushchev blundered by allowing castro to take the initiative, which brought the world to the brink of disaster with the cuban missile crisis of 1962 cuban missile crisis see cuban missile crisis. Learn about and revise the cuban missile crisis of 1962 with bitesize gcse history history international relations, 1945-2003 revise soviet leader nikita khrushchev decided to agree to. Cuban missile crisis according to nikita khrushchev's memoirs, in may 1962 he conceived the idea of placing intermediate-range nuclear missiles in cuba as a means of countering an emerging lead of the united states in developing and deploying strategic missiles.
Sergei n khrushchev, son of former soviet premier nikita s khrushchev, visited falmouth on july 19 for a lecture on the cuban missile crisis of 1962 and current relations between the united. Cuban missile crisis 50 years on: from the archive how a deadly standoff 50 years ago between the us and soviet union over cuba took the world to the brink of nuclear war published: 14 oct 2012. Fidel castro had been not been consulted by nikita khrushchev when the soviet premier agreed to remove the nuclear missiles that had sparked the cuban missile crisis geography aside, cuba had been marginalized and castro was furious in addition to berating the soviets in private, in public he made an effort to elevate cuba to a player in the settlement negotiations.
For thirteen days in october 1962 the world waited—seemingly on the brink of nuclear war—and hoped for a peaceful resolution to the cuban missile crisis in october 1962, an american u-2 spy plane secretly photographed nuclear missile sites being built by the soviet union on the island of cuba. The cuban missile crisis, also known as the october crisis of 1962 (spanish: crisis de octubre), the caribbean crisis (russian: карибский кризис, tr karibsky krizis, ipa: [kɐˈrʲipskʲɪj ˈkrʲizʲɪs]), or the missile scare, was a 13-day (october 16–28, 1962) confrontation between the united states and the soviet union. Sergei khrushchev answers what was the cuban missile crisis like from the soviet perspective for more videos visit us online at wwwchoicesedu. Kennedy-khrushchev correspondence during the cuban missile crisis 1590 pages of letters, telegrams, and translations passed between john f kennedy and nikita khrushchev this total does not include correspondence in draft form the complete kennedy-khrushchev correspondence can be found in the online volume of the foreign relations of.
The cuban missile crisis comes to a close as soviet leader nikita khrushchev agrees to remove russian missiles from cuba in exchange for a promise from the united states to respect cuba’s. Interesting facts about the cuban missile crisis the soviet union leader at the time, chairman nikita khrushchev, thought that kennedy was weak because of his decisions at the bay of pigs as well as the berlin wall. The cuban missile crisis began on oct 16, 1962 -- the first of the thirteen days of october on that day, president john f kennedy was informed that a u-2 mission flown over western cuba two days before had taken photographs of soviet nuclear missile sites. President kennedy with his cabinet during the cuban missile crisis soviet premier nikita khrushchev saw an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the soviet union and fidel castro ’s cuba and make good its promise to defend cuba from the united states.
At the height of the cuban missile crisis, soviet secretary general nikita khrushchev penned a letter to his counterpart, us president john f kennedy the letter described kennedy’s order to “quarantine” cuba as “an act of aggression which pushes mankind toward the abyss of a world nuclear-missile war. The cuban missile crisis, october 1962 the cuban missile crisis of october 1962 was a direct and dangerous confrontation between the united states and the soviet union during the cold war and was the moment when the two superpowers came closest to nuclear conflict. Essence of revision: moscow, havana, and the cuban missile crisis author(s): bruce j allyn, james g blight and david a welch as the cuban missile crisis in the united states is called the caribbean close associate of nikita khrushchev, and special envoy to cuba at the conclusion of the cuban. The cuban missile crisis, also known as the october crisis (spanish: crisis de octubre), the caribbean crisis (russian: карибский кризис, tr karibskiy krizis), or the missile scare, was a 13-day (october 16–28, 1962) confrontation between the united states and the soviet union over soviet ballistic missiles deployed in cuba.