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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.

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While no physical conflict ensued between the Soviet Union and the United States, this conflict still created many proxy wars and the constant threat of nuclear war. As such, the Cold War was an actual war that devastated many countries involved, eventually contributing to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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The Cold War was a war because of the Cuban Missile Crisis

This 13-day political and military gridlock between the United States and the Soviet Union was the closest the Cold War got to having atomic warfare. As the U.S. enacted a naval blockade around Cuba once it was discovered that the Soviet Union had missiles on Cuba, the tense conflict between the two nations skated on thin ice. Even though no actual warfare broke out due to this crisis, it was an important event during the Cold War that contributed to the ongoing nuclear arms race all the more.
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