the only area in which the two super powers competed. This competition is perhaps most evident in the Arms Race and Space Race that peaked throughout the 1950s and the 1960s. Construction began on the Berlin Wall in August of 1961.
See John Lewis Gaddis, The Cold War: A New History (2005 Don Oberdorfer, From the Cold War to a New Era: The United States and the Soviet Union, 19831991, updated edition (Baltimore, 1998 Jeremi Suri, 'Explaining the end of the Cold War: a new historical. The Soviets also occupied the eastern half of Germany, while the Americans, British, and French occupied the other half.
Is the only superpower on earth today. This resulted from a trade imbalance driving down the value of the dollar and not from US currency manipulations. This was truly 'super' power. The two states now had the capability to annihilate one another, and most of the rest of the planet, in short order. China used to have a reputation of providing cheap and flimsy products. Small states and mobilised citizens could attract attention and create short-term crises, but they could not redesign the structure of international power that grew out of the Second World War. Negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union resulted in summit meetings and the signing of strategic arms limitation agreements. We absolutely cannot overestimate the importance of American-Soviet competition as the underlying cause of so much of what transpired between the 1950s to 1980s.