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"You Were Saying?"
John Collins
About 1967, 20th century
Ink and graphite on card
37 x 29.5 cm
Gift of Mr. John Collins - The Gazette
© McCord Museum
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Being both enemies and accomplices in the existing world order, the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) were particularly alert to the repercussions that the Chinese H bomb might have on their respective interests.

  • What

    Even if it was not yet an acknowledged superpower, China scored points by becoming the first Asian country to conduct a test explosion of an H bomb. The event gave an additional boost to its growing influence on the international stage, a source of concern to the United States and the Soviet Union.

  • Where

    China is an East Asian nation. The two "recognized" superpowers in 1967 were the United States and the Soviet Union.

  • When

    The Cold War was a period characterized by tension and ideological confrontations between the Eastern Bloc, led by the socialist U.S.S.R., and the Western Bloc, headed by the capitalist United States.

  • Who

    The face in the "cloud" from the nuclear blast is Chinese leader Mao Zedong, while the two men struggling to hear are U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and U.S.S.R. Communist Party Secretary General Leonid Brezhnev.