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From the last phases of World War II until the collapse of the Soviet Union on December 25 1991 a period of turmoil and conflict dominated the planet known as the Cold War During that time this clash was the center of global politics threatened international peace and caused a buildup of nuclear arsenals which today has sparked Operation Iraqi Freedom As we now look back at the conflict it is frightening to see how many times full scale war could have broken out and even where it did The Cold War can be separated into three stages according to the time frames 1945-1949 1950-1975 and 1976-1991 The Soviet Union began to expand its influence and power throughout Eastern Europe and the world during late World War II when it won back formerly German-occupied territories such as Estonia Latvia Prussia and Eastern Poland The USSR then set its eyes on Greece and Turkey where Soviet-led insurgencies were threatening the Britain-restored royal institution However the USSR was stopped short by the US when President Harry S Truman passed the Truman Doctrine allowing for the supply of aid to Greece and Turkey Eventually both Greece and Turkey had quashed the revolutionaries and both joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization established to keep the Soviets and their Warsaw Pact members in check Another conflict also emerged known as the Berlin Blockade After Germanys defeat the Allies had agreed to dismember Germany to keep from another war but they all differed in views on how exactly to split it Winston Churchill even opposed the division in general fearing great Communist rise Nonetheless the Allies eventually agreed on the split and in turn to giving the Soviets the greatest share of the country The Allies also agreed to divide Berlin into a two half-Soviet half-NATO parts However Berlin was stationed deeply into the Soviet zone of occupation The USSR fearing the spread of democracy then cut off the Allied Berlin
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