The Cold War And The Soviet Union

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The Cold War was an era of ideological and economic struggle characterized by the threat of nuclear of war and regional wars between the two world superpowers, the USA and the USSR. This Cold era started in 1947 at the end of World War II until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. It is commonly referenced as cold because it supposedly never heated up into an actual armed conflict despite some action in Korea, Afghanistan, and Vietnam. However, the ultimate and inevitable struggle occurred between the United States and other democracies of western Europe against the Soviet Union with their communist bloc countries due to the decreasing power of European nations, ideological differences, and the greed to become the world’s greatest power which led to the fall of the Soviet Union and the development of new nations. Although both Truman and Stalin had increased tensions in Europe and East Asia after World War II, the Cold War itself was likely inevitable. During World War II, the United States and Soviet Union worked as allies against the Axis powers, their common enemy. Although the two superpowers managed to patch up their ideological differences, the alliance alone was not strong enough to overcome the suspicion and distrust between the two nations especially due to their ideological differences and conflicting objectives. While the Soviet Union was a communist country, ruled by a dictator who put the needs of the state before human rights, the U.S. was a capitalist

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