After the end of World War II, the world was in utter chaos. The Allies
had emerged victorious but things were far from over. The Soviet Union was involved in the Second World War from the
beginning and the United States joined the Allies a few days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, mainly due to the fact that
they were trying to remain neutral before.
Though the two countries were working together to
extinguish a common enemy relations were not very good, to say the least. The idealologies were so completely different that
the counrties were not even remotely compatible. "The young United States was republican and democratic; Russia, on the other
hand, was an old autocracy, hostile to democracy, xenophobic, and known for ruthless suppression of its numerous subjects,"
The term "war" was applied not because there
was actual fighting but because of the determination of the Superpowers to be the first and the best at everything. The war
generally took the form of diplomatic manuvers and espionage with the U.S., Soviet Union, and China as the main participants.
The war technically began in the 1940's and continued into the 1990's, a war lasting for nearly 50 years!
This took a toll on all countries and impacted the entire world.
1. Powaski, Ronald E.(1998) The Cold War: The united States and the Soviet Union 1917-1991.