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  1. Introduction
  2. The Cold War
  3. The Marshall plan
  4. European countries
  5. European integration
  6. Conclusion

In 1945, the international context obliges European countries to grow stronger, and above all, to adopt a course of action in front of the superpowers growing. Thus, European countries start to be torn between America and the USSR ideologies.

In 1947, the real ideological conflict between the USSR and America emerges. After the World War II (WW2) disaster, Europe starts to very slowly flare up, but the trauma remains and means are missing. In this way, Europe understands the importance of finding outcomes and to internationally position itself. The period from this antagonism birth until 1953, also corresponds to a high intensity period when many countries, especially European ones, become implied in the confrontation between the two dominant powers. At this time, the ideological battle makes emerge a bipolar world : the Soviet bloc and the Occidental bloc. Thus, lots of countries are embodied in the conflict and are reattached to a bloc or another. European countries illustrate well the influence and consequences of the new worldwide order. Nevertheless, Europe see this international context guided by the superpowers supremacy as a kind of possible help for its nations rebuilding.

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