The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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Vote up the people you feel had the biggest impact during the time of the Cold War.   

The Cold War was a period of confrontation between the two superpowers of the world, the United States and the Soviet Union. During the war, which simmered from 1947 to 1991, the USA and the USSR used different methods and tactics to expand their own global influence and reduce the other's.

The impact and effects of this "war" - although not a violent one - continue to have repercussions well into the 21st Century. Many politicians and political leaders played roles in the Cold War, both from the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies) and the Eastern Bloc (including USA and members of NATO). Among them, which people were the most important?

If you've been wondering about who was president during the Cold War, or who was involved in the Cold War, this list is sure to help. For example, Joseph Stalin was certainly one of the key people in the Cold War. Other Cold War figures include Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Harry S. Truman. 

Scroll through all of the famous people in the Cold War below, and vote up the ones you think had the biggest impact. 

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  • Joseph Stalin
    Dec. at 74 (1878-1953)
    1,054 votes
    • Birthplace: Gori, Georgia
    Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili; 18 December [O.S. 6] 1878 – 5 March 1953) was a Georgian revolutionary and Soviet politician who led the Soviet Union from the ...more
  • Ronald Reagan
    Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)
    1,055 votes
    • Birthplace: Tampico, Illinois, USA
    Ronald Wilson Reagan (; February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was an American politician who served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his presidency, he was a ...more
  • John F. Kennedy
    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
    988 votes
    • Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from January ...more
  • Harry S. Truman
    Dec. at 88 (1884-1972)
    626 votes
    • Birthplace: Lamar, Missouri, United States of America
    Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd president of the United States from 1945 to 1953, succeeding upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt after serving as vice president. He ...more