Did anybody die during the Cold War?I know that the cold war was basically a non-shooting war, but I've seen some websites (I am doing a project - that I choose to do - for school) saying people...

Did anybody die during the Cold War?

I know that the cold war was basically a non-shooting war, but I've seen some websites (I am doing a project - that I choose to do - for school) saying people died because of it.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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As you say, the Cold War was not an actual war, but there was plenty of actual violence that happened during the Cold War because of the tensions between communism and the West.

To take a large example, the Korean War happened because of the Cold War.  More than 36,000 Americans died in that war, not to mention hundreds of thousands of Chinese and Koreans.

But there were also smaller numbers of people killed in lesser encounters during the Cold War.  One example of this was Major Rudolf Anderson who was killed when the U-2 spy plane he was flying on a mission over Cuba was shot down during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  There were many other small-scale incidents like this.

So, while the Cold War itself was not a shooting war, there were plenty of people who got killed as a result of the tensions.

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cchoe15 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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No one truly died from the Cold War. However, the proxy wars between the Communist nations and America did bring in death tolls. But since no one lives forever, if you count civilian deaths by normal causes such as heart attack, stroke, or natural age, many people died DURING the Cold War. However, I would have to argue that no one died OF the Cold War.

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