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The two sides of the Cold war were the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics(USSR). These two countries won the War and emerged as 'superpowers'but their conflicting ideologies led to the Cold War. This war, began in 1947 and ended in 1991 with the fall of Eastern bloc (which began in 1989 with the independence of the People's Democracies). It was marked by nuclear deterrence and economic competition without direct confrontation. All countries took sides in this war.

The world entered a bipolar era.

Communism spread far and wide and this worried the United States which was, at the time,headed by President Truman. On March 12, 1947 he gave the famous speech that would come to be called the'Truman Doctrine'. This speech announced the "containment" of communism.

The two blocks were formed and the Marshall Plan was announced in June of 1947. The Marshall Plan promised 12 billion in grants and $ 2 billion in loans for anyone who entered the Organisation for European Economic Cooperation.

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