Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union in the Cold War

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The Cold War was the name given to the time period from 1945 to 1991. After World War II, tensions began between the United States and the Soviet Union. Fighting between the United States and Soviet Union did not happen directly against each other. Instead they fought with arms races, space races, and spying. Both superpowers set aside their differences to defeat Adolf Hitler, even before the war the United States distrusted the Soviet Union. The United States disliked the way the Soviet Union ran government. They believed that the Soviet Union wanted to overthrow the non-communist governments. The Cold War was rising when a revolution in Russia occurred. One of the socialist majority parties, the Bolsheviks overthrew the Czar, and it led to a communist government. The creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) feared America that the Soviet Union challenged the democratic values of the United States. President Woodrow Wilson saw that the Bolsheviks leader Vladimir wanted to spread communism around the world. Wilson sent troops in 1919 to try to defeat the revolutions. Before World War II, Soviet troops occupied most of Eastern Europe. Stalin promised to hold “free elections” in these Eastern European nations. Later he broke that promise. By 1948, Communists controlled the governments of every Eastern country except Yugoslavia. In each country the Soviets placed dictators. In 1946 British statesman (respected leader or figure) Winston Churchill, warned
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