Through What Years Did the Cold War Last?


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While there are no officially agreed upon dates, most historians classify the Cold War as the period from 1945 to 1989. The conflict refers to the tension between the United States and the Soviet Union following World War II and did not involve direct military battle.

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Allies during World War II, the United States and the Soviets put their political differences aside. However, as the Soviets began imposing their communist rule on other countries in the years that followed, they met disapproval of the United States. In 1947, President Harry S. Truman announced the United States would aid Greece and Turkey against attempts by the Soviet Union to turn them into communist nations, sparking the conflict that lasted for decades.

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