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what does "the tensions of the Russian armistice"mean? The swift solution of the riddle of who had fired the shots was to have the effect of dissipating early reactions. This was lucky for the gloaters. Had the assassin been identified, say, as an agent of the John Birch Society, Birchers everywhere would have been in for an awkward afternoon. It was also fortunate for domestic tranquillity. Almost as soon as conclusions had been drawn, they were to be confounded, and instead of hysteria the national attitude became one of pervasive sadness. Perhaps hysteria would have lost its momentum in any case. Since Orson Welles's Martian fiasco of 1938 Americans had been through two major wars and the tensions of the Russian armistice; they had become more sophisticated and harder to jar. Conceivably they would have behaved equally well if the riddle had endured or grown more complex.
Jun 14, 2013 6:06 AM
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This refers to to the German-Russian armistice which was a peace treaty signed on Dec 3, 1917 to end World War 1. This armistice/treaty was signed between the representatives of the higher commands of Russia and of Bulgaria, Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey, for the purpose of achieving a lasting and honorable peace between both parties.
June 15, 2013
It is referring to the increased tensions with the Russians related to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. The U.S. and Russia came extremely close to nuclear war before an armistice was reached (a cessation of hostilities between the two countries). This was a major event in the Kennedy presidency.
June 15, 2013
I think "russian armistice" refers to the beginning of The Cold War.
June 14, 2013
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