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The Onset of the Cold War

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The intense rivalry and mistrust between the two camps led by the USSR and the United States threatened repeatedly to engulf the world in a new global conflagration. The world entered the era of the cold war that was to last for nearly half a century (1946–91). At its core was the intense military, economic, ideological, and political competition between the two antagonistic camps: the system of capitalism and the system of socialism. 

The Berlin Wall. Photo: ITAR-TASS

Several previously united nations were split as a result of this overwhelming rivalry. Thus, Germany was divided into two states following the establishment of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) in 1948 and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) in 1949. Divided nations would become a tragic symbol of the world torn between the two hostile camps for several decades, affecting the peoples of Germany, Korea, Vietnam, and several others.

Finally, there were serious internal considerations that compelled Stalin to put a chill on Soviet relations with the West. The regime had grounds to fear that the wartime contacts with the Allies had encouraged the spread of pro-Western attitudes in various sections of Soviet society. The positive perceptions of the West put into question the integrity of Soviet propaganda that had always condemned capitalism and strove to instill animosity toward Western political and cultural institutions and way of life.

As the country began rebuilding its war-ravaged economy, the regime proceeded to tighten its ideological screws. The wartime patriotic rhetoric was again infused with themes of “class struggle.” A massive ideological campaign was launched to combat apolitical “cosmopolitism” and reprehensible “cringing to the West.” It was directed against all those who hoped for some liberalization of the country’s internal life, as well as for improved relations with the West. Thus, the growth of repression inside the country was intrinsically connected with the onset of the cold war and the mounting confrontation with the West.

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