It wasn't an actual war, but was on the brink of war. The US and SU competed to be the best in space, have the best nuclear weapons, militaries, and political idealogies.
Good morning class! Today is an exciting day in History class! We will be talking about the Cold War!
Didn't it happen after WWII?
So what can you guys tell me about the Cold War?
The Superpowers were involved with the Berlin Airlift, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Soviet Afghan War. One of the biggest crisises was over the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Yeah, and wasn't it between the Soviet Union and the United States?
And didn't it last for like, 50 years??
Wow! I'm surprised by how much you guys already know about the Cold War!
At the time, the Soviet Union and the US were on opposite ends of the political spectrum. What were the two countries like?
The SU was a Communist state with a totalitarian leader and it stood for state-governed markets and strict Communism.
The US was a thriving democracy and it stood for capitalism and free markets.
Great job students! What else can you tell me?
The SU influenced many Eastern European countries and the Communist bloc was known as the "Iron Curtain". It was blocked off from Western Europe (immigration, trade, diplomacy).
The US introduced the Marshall Plan and joined NATO, which escalated matters. The SU introduced Comecon and formed the Warsaw Pact.
The Cold War would continue until the late 1980s when President Ronald Reagan and SU leader Mikhail Gorbachev ended the nuclear arms. The Cold War officially ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.