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The Limits of DetenteThe United States, the Soviet Union, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1969-1973$
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Craig Daigle

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300167139

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300167139.001.0001

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The Race to the Summit, September 1971–May 1972

The Race to the Summit, September 1971–May 1972

(p.192) Six The Race to the Summit, September 1971–May 1972
The Limits of Detente

Craig Daigle

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Richard Nixon's shocking revelations that had profound international implications. Nixon had a flair for the dramatic. Although he made most of his decisions in solitude on the basis of memoranda or with a few intimate aides, he liked to unveil his biggest decisions in major, primetime television speeches that moved audiences without being subjected to questions and demonstrated decisiveness and courage of action. On July 15, he disclosed that after months of secret negotiations he would travel to the People's Republic of China for unprecedented meetings with Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai, breaking more than twenty years of diplomatic isolation with the mainland. On August 15, Nixon “rocked” the internal economy and political structure by gutting the Bretton Woods dollar-for-gold system that had existed for decades without consulting members of the international monetary system.

Keywords:   Richard Nixon, international implications, Chairman Mao Zedong, Premier Zhou Enlai, Bretton Woods, dollar-for-gold system

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