the west was led by the United States and Eastern Europe was led by the Soviet Union
the Soviet Union was a communist nation that was based on the principles of collectivism, while the United States was a modern liberal nation based primarily on the principles of individualism
The economy of the Soviet Union was based on a system of state ownership of the means of production, collective farming, industrial manufacturing and centralized administrative planning
To win the Cold War, the United States became a low-savings, high-consumption economy. It basically supported its allies in a recovery, development and growth process that out-consumed the USSR and China
East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city. also called the iron curtain
Millions of German prisoners of war were for several years used as forced labor, both by the Western Allies and the Soviet Union.
The Marshall plan United States provide economic assistance to restore the economic infrastructure of postwar Europe Truman Doctrine said that the United States would provide political, military and economic assistance to all democratic nations under threat from external or internal authoritarian forces.
China ans US are having problems because the US dropped some nukes on them : )
During 1989 and 1990, the Berlin Wall came down, borders opened, and free elections ousted Communist regimes everywhere in eastern Europe. In late 1991 the Soviet Union itself dissolved into its component republics. With stunning speed, the Iron Curtain was lifted and the Cold War came to an end.