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The Cold War was the protracted geopolitical, ideological, and economic struggle that emerged after World War II between the global superpowers of the Soviet Union and the United States, supported by their respective and emerging alliance partners. The struggle was called the Cold War because it did not involve direct armed conflict between the main contestants (by contrast, a so-called "hot" war). The Cold War was instead waged by means of diplomatic maneuvering, economic pressure, selective aid, intimidation, propaganda, assassination, low-intensity military operations and full-scale proxy wars. The Cold War period also simultaneously witnessed the largest arms race (both conventional and nuclear) in history, leading to widespread global fears of a World War III and a cataclysmic nuclear war. The Cold War endured over four decades, from circa 1947 until the decline and eventual collapse of East European and Soviet state communism in the late 1980s. The disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 is generally considered to mark the absolute end of the conflict. Important allies of the United States included the United Kingdom, France, West Germany and other members of NATO (the "Western Alliance"); the members of CENTO, SEATO, and ANZUS; and the nations of Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Thailand and Iran (until the 1979 Iranian Revolution). Important allies of the Soviet Union included Poland, Czechoslovakia, East Germany and other members of the Warsaw Pact and Comecon; and the nations of Mongolia, North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Cuba and Syria. From 1960, the People's Republic of China and Albania promoted their own version of Communism and opposed many key Kremlin policies. Countries such as Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Austria, India, Sweden, Finland, and Sudan conspicuously maintained their neutrality by participation within the Non-Aligned Movement.

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