Cold War

Cold-warThis expression was, it seems, dreamed up by the American press to designate the indirect confrontation the USSR and the USA were engaged in at the end of the Second World War, from 1947 onwards. The term designates a latent conflict which never degenerates into direct armed conflict – made impossible through the holding of atomic weapons – but which is characterised by an arms race, the search for allies, an extension of the sphere of influence and of intervention in peripheral conflicts beyond the borders of the two great powers, such as the Korean and Vietnam wars.