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NATO formed -
The "NATO is known as The [North Atlantic Treaty Organization], a defensive military alliance formed in 1949".
Warsaw Pact formed -
The "Warsaw Pact was a military alliance formed in 1949 by ten Western European countries".
Arms Race -
The "Armed Race was the first modern arms race took place when France and Russia challenged the naval superiority of Britain in the late nineteenth century."
* In 1949, the prospect of further Communist expansion prompted the United States and 11 other Western nations to form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). * The Soviet Union and its affiliated Communist nations in Eastern Europe founded a rival alliance, the Warsaw Pact, in 1955.
The Soviet Union and seven of its European satellites sign a treaty establishing the Warsaw Pact, a mutual defense organization that put the Soviets in command of the armed forces of the member states. * The Warsaw Pact, so named because the treaty was signed in Warsaw, included the Soviet Union, Albania, Poland, Romania, Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Bulgaria as members.
An arms race denotes a rapid increase in the quantity or quality of instruments of military power by rival states in peacetime. * Germany’s attempt to surpass Britain’s fleet spilled over into World War I, while tensions after the war between the United States, Britain and Japan resulted in the first major arms-limitation treaty at the Washington Conference.
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