After the war world politics was dominated by the USA and the Soviet Union, a situation long foreseen. The way the war was fought, however, clearly affected the kind of relationship those superpowers had, one influenced by ideological conflict and the existence of the atomic bomb. Britain and the USA fought on three fronts: in Europe, in the Mediterranean and in East Asia and the Pacific. The Soviet Union fought on one front. It survived the German onslaught and, turning it back, was able to dominate much of eastern and parts of central Europe. Its unprecedented position, and the sense of unity the Great Patriotic War had evoked, encouraged its hopes in the post-war period and aroused the fears of others.
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