Computers and the Cold War: United States Restrictions on the Export of Computers to the Soviet Union and Communist China

  title={Computers and the Cold War: United States Restrictions on the Export of Computers to the Soviet Union and Communist China},
  author={Frank Cain},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={131 - 147}
  • F. Cain
  • Published 1 January 2005
  • Economics
  • Journal of Contemporary History
The USA persuaded its European allies under the terms of the Marshall Plan to agree to embargo exports to the Soviet bloc in 1947 and to the PRC when it was established in 1949. This ban took the form of an East/West trade war and literally banned the export of everything from needles to anchors. As the West invented new technology such as coaxial telephone cable or scientific instruments, these were embargoed, although the Soviets were able to develop their own versions of those products. The… 
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