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The Cold War was a natural consequence of WWII. In WWII you have three primary players; ie. Liberal Democracy (US, UK, Canada, Asutralia, et al.), Fascism (Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain) and Communism (Soviet Union). At the end of the war, only Liberal Democracy and Communism remained (Franco's Spain not being large enough to be of 'global' consequence), so the temporary alliance between the two to defeat Fascism naturally broke down leading, quite naturally to the Cold War.

"The Bomb at the Core…"

"The bomb" was at the core of the Cold War. Everybody wanted that technology and when other countries enlisted the aid of spies to get information about the manufacture of nuclear devices, it led to concern about what would be done with that technology. Concerns grew as nations became more secretive and less willing to openly discuss their plans.

Leadership of the USSR believed that Communism would be far more productive than they ever were. They truly believed that they would be able to out-produce and thereby defeat the free world.

Communism came to the Soviet Union in 1918, the United States didn't trust the Communist as communism's primary goal was to bring down capitalism through any means possible, including revolution, be it overt or covert. They made that quite clear. There was a "Red Scare" in the U.S. in the late teens and early twenties (1918- 1925). Stalin came into power in 1924, and the mistrust intensified.

As Germany built itself up, and started to swallow up Europe, Stalin became concerned about Russia being attacked and the United States watched Hitler take counrty after country. The U.S. and Russia were briefly allies, only because the both had one thing in common, to stop Hitler.

After the war ended, the U.S., Britain, France, and Russia each controlled a portion of Germany. Soviet Russia did not want to allow their portion to be unified into a post-War Germany for fear that the Germans would again be an aggressive and powerful invader. They blockaded Berlin which forced the U.S. to circumvent the blockade by flying planes over and dropping food and supplies to the Berliners.

Meanwhile, Russia was helping Communists successfully gain control the governments of Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Poland, and Romania. Their section of Germany became the Communist held regime of East Germany.

Also, in the 1950's was the "Red Scare" and McCarthyism, where Sen. McCarthy and his cohorts, started to accuse American citizens of being active Communists. The Un-American Committee was formed to bring people, in the U.S., to account for their real, or alleged (imagined), communist beliefs. Fidel Castro taking Cuba, in 1959, ninety miles off of Florida iced the Cold War even more. The Bay of Pigs, in 1961, didn't help where the U.S. aided some Cuban exiles in trying to take Cuba back from Castro. And, of course, the U.S. and Russia almost exchanged nuclear weapons over the installation of nuclear missiles installed in Cuba (known as the Cuban Missile Crisis) in October, 1962. Eventually, the Russians were forced to remove their missiles in Cuba.

From there, both sides built nuclear weapons (though it is alleged that Russia stole the secrets from the U.S.), aimed at one another, were actively spying on one another, and for the next 45 years, they both played global chess in areas such as the Middle East, Korea, Vietnam, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Iran, Cuba, Angola, Mozambique, Somalia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, to name a few places.

Many of the Cold War proponents in the U.S. saw a "domino effect" meaning that when one nation goes communist, so will its neighbors. This is not all that wrong of an assumption since communism does openly proclaim the need to bring down any, and all, capitalistic governments. In the seventies, most of the chess game was played in Africa, South and Central American, and of course, the Middle East. Leonid Breshnev was an able leader of Russia's for twenty years til his death in 1982, able, that is, when it came to keeping the U.S. on it's toes in its attempt to match Russia's gains in the Third World.

When Gorbachev came to power, in the mid 1980's, much of Russia's Communist apparatus was dismantled, and the Eastern European nations were allowed their freedom.

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