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The Cold War — 1945-1991
Primarily, the Cold War was fought
between the United States and the
In most instances, it
was not an armed conflict but rather
a battle of ideologies.
But what a powder keg it was.
The term Cold War was first used
in 1945 by English writer George Orwell.
Bernard Baruch, adviser of the US president,
picked it up in 1947 and made it public in the Unites States.
Who Won the Cold War?
Nobody won because the Soviet Union ceased to exist in
1991. Or does that make the US the winner?
Why Was the Cold War
The main reason for the Cold War were the two opposite political
systems and ideologies — democracy and capitalism vs. socialism and
communism, promoted by two world powers campaigning for supremacy.
How Did They Fight?
On all levels - politics, economy, culture, everywhere. Wars and
governments were supported, boycotted, or otherwise manipulated
according to their allegiance either to the East or to the West.
Two huge showdowns were the
Korean War and the
How Did It Start?
As the result of
World War II,
Germany was divided into East and West Germany. So was its capital
Berlin. Capitalism and Communism now had a hot border, which was
soon enhanced by the
Military alliances were formed, the
NATO for the West and the Warsaw Pact for the East.
NATO AND WARSAW PACT
MEMBERS - 1970
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Both teams had the bomb and that's what
Missile Crisis in 1962 a real crisis.
On the other hand, the Cold War
gave us James Bond and, more importantly, the Bond girls. Those
were the days when people could get away with naming their main
characters Pussy Galore. All thanks to the Cold War, of course.
Bond and Moneypenny (RIP Lois Maxwell)
in Goldfinger 1964
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