The World 1986

Following the Second World War, the Soviet Union and the United States emerged as world superpowers. Communist influence, as represented in this map, became the primary perceived enemy for those in the West. The ideological contest, real or imagined, between these two superpowers became the overarching theme that shaped art, politics, and culture for most of the second half of the twentieth century, from the end of the Second World War until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.