Cold war, the open yet restricted rivalry that developed after world war ii between the united states and the soviet union and their respective allies the cold war was waged on political, economic, and propaganda fronts and had only limited recourse to weapons the term was first used by the english.
In 1945, the united states and soviet union were allies, jointly triumphant in world war ii, which ended with total victory for soviet and american forces over adolf hitler's nazi empire in europe but within just a few years, wartime allies became mortal enemies, locked in a global struggle—military, political, economic.
The aftermath of world war ii was the beginning of an era defined by the decline of all great powers except for the soviet union and the united states, and the simultaneous rise of two superpowers: the soviet union (ussr) and the united states of america (usa) allies during world war ii, the usa and the ussr became.
The united states government was initially hostile to the soviet leaders for taking russia out of world war i and was opposed to a state ideologically based on communism although world war ii brought the two countries into alliance, based on the common aim of defeating nazi germany, the soviet union's aggressive,.
The end of world war ii saw the resurgence of previous divisions between the two nations the expansion of soviet influence into after germany's defeat, the united states sought to help its western european allies economically with the marshall plan the united states extended the.
Tensions with putin ahead of russia's annual victory day parade obscure the scale of the soviet sacrifice in world war ii of what's being commemorated: starting in 1941, the soviet union bore the brunt of the nazi war machine and played perhaps the most important role in the allies' defeat of hitler.