Détente, the Cold War & Nixon: Definition & Policy


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What role did the Vietnam War play in pushing Nixon to pursue his policy of détente?

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1. What was the general purpose and reason for the Nixon Doctrine?

2. Why were U.S. allies in Europe disgruntled with the policy of détente and the Nixon Doctrine?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Détente was a policy of U.S. President Richard Nixon during the Cold War. With this quiz/worksheet combo, you can determine how much you know about the policy by answering questions on topics like the impact of the Vietnam War on Nixon's decision to use détente and the major reason for this choice.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz on détente will address the following:

  • Critical response of U.S. allies to the Nixon Doctrine
  • Nixon's reason for negotiating nuclear treaties with the Soviet Union
  • His purpose for starting relations with China

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of Nixon's policy of détente and how it's connected to the Vietnam War
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the reason for Nixon's decision to pursue détente and the way U.S. allies responded in Europe to the Nixon Doctrine
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Nixon's agenda behind initiating relations with China

Additional Learning

Consider the lesson named Détente, the Cold War & Nixon: Definition & Policy for more information on the following:

  • Truman Doctrine that committed the U.S. to endless wars
  • Buildup of U.S. nuclear arsenal under President Eisenhower
  • The 'flexible response' policies of presidents Kennedy and Johnson
  • Nixon's restoration of diplomatic relations with China
  • Nuclear restrictions he negotiated with the Soviet Union
  • U.S. NATO allies during the policy of détente