The Cold War began in 1945, as World War II was ending. During the Cold War, there were constant tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. But the two nations officially remained at peace. This is why it was called a "cold" war. Yet it was hardly a peaceful era.
The Cold War was a power struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union. The two countries fought each other in many ways. They waged political and cultural wars. They backed different countries or groups in conflicts around the world. They engaged in a nuclear-arms race. They even competed in a race to dominate space.
The Cold War was also a contest between two opposing ways of life. The United States, Canada, and the nations of Western Europe were democracies. The people there had basic rights and freedoms. They were free to govern themselves. They owned industries and businesses.
The Soviet Union and its "satellite" nations (the nations it controlled) in Eastern Europe had a very different way of life. Their governments were Communist dictatorships. The people had few rights. And the state owned all the industries and businesses.
Source: "Cold War." The New Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online, 2016. Web. 2 Feb. 2016.
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