Gabby Corless Ms. Ford World History May 11th 2015 After World War II, Europe was destroyed, America facilitated the recovery to help rebuild Europe by providing military and financial to avoid the spread of communism The political differences between the 2 nations were total opposites , The United States was a democracy, a system that allows its citizens to choose the political party that runs the government. On the other hand the Soviets led by Joesph Staling were Communist , those who believe in a social system which all property and resources are owned by a classless society and not by individual citizens. The post-war world left the Soviets and the United States in an heavy power struggle. The conflict in ideologies between capitalism and communism resulted in one of the greatest conflicts of the twentieth century ; the cold war. During the Cold War, many events helped shape today ' s United State ' s military, foreign relations, and policies. The Cuban Missile Crisis helped prove that the US was a strong nation. The Space Race helped technology advance and allowed man to go where we had never been before. The cold war was a post-World War II struggle between the United States and its allies and the group of nations led by the Soviet Union. The conflict in ideologies between capitalism and communism resulted in one of the greatest conflicts in history; the cold war. The hatred for communism increased more and more as it spread though the nation . they have always had clashing ideologies and different structures of government that have played a major role in increasing the tension between the countries.