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Why was the Cold War named the cold war It was named the Cold War because it possessed the longest length of time of any war in modern history in which two nations were at odds without engaging in direct battle The Term Cold War was used to describe the shifting struggle for power and prestige between the Western powers and the Communist syndicate from the end of World War II until 1989After World War II the West felt threatened by the continued expansionist policy of the Soviet Union The traditional Russian fear of invasion from the West continued Communists stopped power in Eastern Europe by means of the Red Army the sealing off of the Russian occupation zones by army patrols and the direction of threats toward Turkey and Greece Conflicts sometimes grew big in the United Nations which was at times injured by the effect of the cold warDuring the cold war the general policy of the West toward the Communist states was to contain them with the hope that inside failure might end their threat In 1948 the Soviet Union directly challenged the West by organizing a blockade of the western sectors of Berlin but the United States airlifted supplies into the city until the blockade was withdrawn The challenges in Europe influenced the United States to reverse its traditional policy of avoiding permanent alliances so in 1949 the United States and 11 other nations signed the North Atlantic Treaty NATOAt the end of the Cold War in the late 1950s and early 60s both European alliance systems began to weaken somewhat In the Western bloc France began to explore closer relations with Eastern Europe and the possibility of withdrawing its forces from NATO The term Cold War was reiterated in the 1980s when US President Ronald Reagan revived cold-war policies and referred to the Soviet Union as the evil empire The escalation of the nuclear arms race some have argued was
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