Major conflicts in the post-World War II era that reflected Cold War tensions
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South Korea and the United States resisted Chinese and North Korean aggression. The conflict ended in a stalemate.
Disagreements arose between the United States and the Soviet Union over the status of Berlin, eventually leading to the construction of the Berlin Wall.
The Cuban Missile Crisis occurred when the Soviet Union placed missiles in Cuba. The Soviets removed the missiles in response to a United States blockade of Cuba, and the United States removed missiles from Turkey.
The United States intervened to stop the spread of communism into South Vietnam (domino theory). Americans were divided over whether the United States should be involved militarily in Vietnam. The conflict ended in a cease-fire agreement in which United States troops withdrew.
The Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union was a contest to gain technological superiority (e.g., Sputnik, landing on the moon).