the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union and their respective allies that dominated world affairs from the end of World War II to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The Cold War was waged on political, economic, propaganda, and espionage fronts and had only limited recourse to weapons, though the threat of nuclear war was always present and occasionally came near to realization--especially during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
The period between 1939 and 1991 when the USA and the USSR were in a state of tension and opposition.
The era in international relations between the end of the Second World War and 1990, distinguished by ideological, economic, and political differences between the Soviet Union and the United States. (Mingst 42) Close Window