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The Cold War existed vaguely in a fifty-year stretch and lacked the defining moments of a major military conflict. However, there is a strong argument to be made that it defined the 20th century. While most point to World Wars One and Two as the most important events of the century, the institutions that dominate today’s nations are by-products of the Cold War: the military-industrial complex, their political systems (whether capitalist, socialist, or something in between), funding for scientific research, and even space programs.

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"The Cold War — Not WW2 — Was Arguably the Defining Event of the 20th Century" History on the Net
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July 14, 2020 <https://www.historyonthenet.com/cold-war-not-ww2-defining-event-20th-century>
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