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Should the Cold War be considered a war? Show more Show less
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The Cold War was a time of geopolitical hostility between the United States and the Soviet Union. This conflict spanned about 45 years until the Soviet Union dissolved in the early 90s. However, no physical fighting ever occurred, there was only a consistent state of friction between these two nations.

No, the cold war should not be considered a war Show more Show less

Although the Cold War was an ideological competition between the Soviet Union and the United States, that does not justify defining this period of conflict between the two nations as an actual war. While this Cold War may have led to other proxy wars and even the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union, no true armed conflict ever occurred. Furthermore, because this Cold War was mostly about two superpowers trying to exert superiority over the other in everything from sporting events to space programs, this period of conflict cannot be accurately defined as a war, just a competition.
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The Cuban Missile Crisis was a close call, but did not result in war

The Cuban Missile Crisis is the prime example of what was a close call between the Soviet Union and United States during the Cold War time period, but because it was just that, a close call, this period cannot be correctly defined as having been a true war. The threat of atomic warfare was certainly present during the Cuban Missile Crisis, for both nations involved, but nothing ever came of this near disaster. So, technically, this incident was merely a close call and cannot validate defining this as a Cold War since no war ever officially broke out between the Soviet Union and United States.
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