Essay on World War II : The Cold War

1294 Words May 16th, 2016 6 Pages
After World War II, Germany was divided into four parts: the West was controlled by the US, Great Britain and France, and the East was under the control of the USSR. These four countries were allies during World War II and fought against the fascist countries of Japan, Germany and Italy. When the war ended and Germany was divided into four parts, the USSR and the US started the political, economical and military “race” known as the Cold War from 1945 to 1989. The division of Europe from the Baltic Sea in the north to the Balkan Peninsula in the South is famously called the Iron Curtain, and it exemplifies the political differences between France, Great Britain and the US had with the USSR before the Berlin Wall was raised; although the territory was organizedly divided, they would still have a stronger rivalry between each other. These countries understood that the key to control Europe post war was Berlin’s central location, resources and industrial potential; although the division of Germany into two different countries was not official until May 1949 when the German Democratic Republic (East) and the Federal Republic of Germany were created. No one was willing to permit the control of Berlin to the other and this desire to control Europe from the Allies and the USSR drove them into the division of central European countries in order to stop each other from getting maximum control.

The Berlin Wall was built during the night of August 13, 1961 by the Eastern Communists,…

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