The Vietnam War: The Power Of The Cold War

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The Cold War was so called because of its lack of direct fighting between the two major powers. Instead, it was a proxy war, in which smaller countries fought on behalf of the primary powers. It escalated as a result of the ideological opposition between American capitalism and Russian communism and became a prominent factor in American life during the second half of the 20th century. As the two dominant powers following the second World War, contention between the two became a global conflict. The element that made the Cold War different from other wars was its significant use of propaganda, but its impacts were hardly “cold”.

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