The Cold War, 1945–90
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The Cold War, the great superpower standoff between the USA and the Soviet Union, the confrontation between Communism and Western values, was not a formal or frontal conﬂict between the superpowers but a period of sustained hostility involving a protracted arms race, as well as numerous proxy conﬂicts in which the major powers intervened in other struggles. These conﬂicts in turn sustained attitudes of animosity in the USA, the Soviet Union and elsewhere, exacerbated fears, and contributed to a high level of military preparedness, including the most serious arms race in history, one indeed that led to the prospect of the devastation of much of the world through the use of atomic weaponry.