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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.

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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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"Races" during the Cold War were tense but not warfare

Be it the Arms Race or Space Race, the competitiveness between the United States and the Soviet Union was only unrivaled contention, not actual warfare.

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Be it the Arms Race or Space Race, the competitiveness between the United States and the Soviet Union was solely unrivaled contention, not actual warfare. Even if both nations built a deadly arsenal of atomic bombs, no war or bombing ever came to fruition, and thus no true battle ever appeared either. The Space Race itself was simply an expensive contest between the two nations to test the human boundaries of space exploration. In all, there was intense opposition between the United States and the Soviet Union, even risky accumulation of atomic bombs, but no tangible fight or war of any sort ever materialized.

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