The Most Significant Event of the Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis Following the end of World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union entered into a period that historians have appropriately coined the Cold War. For nearly a half century from 1946 to 1991, the two superpower nations vied for power and influence in an ongoing battle for political, economic, and military supremacy on the world stage.1 Looking back over major events during the Cold War, there are many moments of tension and conflict that, without question, not only shaped twentieth century history but even defined world order to this day. And while many historians and political analysts tout the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Union as...The end:
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