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Identifying The Cold War The people who fought in the cold war were the United States and their allies against the communist rule of the Soviet Union When World War II in Europe finally came to an end in May of 1945 a new war was just beginning The Cold War that denotes the yet open restricted rivalry that developed between the United States and the Soviet Union and their respective allies This was a war fought on political economic and propaganda fronts with limited recourse to weapons largely because of fear of a nuclear world war that may lead to the end of the world Cold war is the term given to the competition conducted through means short of direct military conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union since World War II Its roots go back to the 1890s when after a century of friendship Americans and Russians became rivals over the development of Manchuria Russia unable to compete industrially sought to close off and colonize parts of East Asia while Americans demanded open competition for markets Diplomatic relations between the United States and the Soviet Union did not exist between 1917 and 1933 Even during the World War II the Soviets bitterly disagreed with their American and British partners over military tactics and postwar plans President Franklin D Roosevelt feared that Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin might again make a separate settlement with Germany as indeed the Soviets had in 1918 and 1939 The fear of such a German-Russian deal haunted and shaped US policy during and long after the war So therefore the Soviet Union got control of Poland and they all cut up Germany into half East Germany West Germany The Cold War was a tense political period between the Democratic and Communist blocks the East and the West and most importantly the United States and the Soviet Union Although this period has now come to an end
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