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Unformatted text preview: turned into a nuclear arms race. A race that continues into the Regan era of the early 1980s. During the 40s and 50s tensions were very high between Russia and the United States. Most of the tension at that time was focused on Germany and how it would be split up. Russia wanted it all and had Berlin surrounded. At this point the Americans started the Berlin airlift; this hindered the Russian efforts to occupy Berlin. During the fifties America began a policy of communist containment. This policy basically stated that any country that felt threatened by communists would receive help from America. This policy also led to McCarthyism which was a time in which there was harsh treatment of so-called communists and their sympathizers here in America....
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