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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 - continues 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?
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Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)

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381 188
Mikhail Gorbachev is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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407 163
Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 75 (1878-1953)

4
433 187
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

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279 125
Nikita Khrushchev is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 77 (1894-1971)

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274 109
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 88 (1884-1972)

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241 104
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)

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236 112
Fidel Castro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
age 91

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163 91
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 79 (1880-1959)

10
177 108
Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 83 (1893-1976)

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170 95
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)

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178 95
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)

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149 89
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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177 108
Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 85 (1920-2005)

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125 70
Ho Chi Minh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)

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127 74
Josip Broz Tito is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 88 (1892-1980)

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121 68
Leonid Brezhnev is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 76 (1906-1982)

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145 99
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 88 (1925-2013)

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106 63
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 65 (1908-1973)

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88 48
Douglas MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 84 (1880-1964)

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94 56
Yuri Gagarin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 34 (1934-1968)

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93 51
Che Guevara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 39 (1928-1967)

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60 36
Konrad Adenauer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 91 (1876-1967)

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46 22
Lech Wałęsa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
null98Jeff added age 74

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94 68
Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)

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68 52
Zbigniew Brzezinski is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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60 45
Helmut Kohl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
age 88 -

Helmut Josef Michael Kohl (German: [ˈhɛlmʊt ˈkoːl]; born 3 April 1930) is a German conservative politician and statesman. He served as Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998 (of West Germany 1982–90 and of the reunited Germany 1990–98) and as the chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 1973 to 1998.

His 16-year tenure was the longest of any German chancellor since Otto von Bismarck, and oversaw the end of the Cold War. Kohl is widely regarded as the main architect of the German reunification, and together with French president François Mitterrand, he is also considered the architect of the Maastricht Treaty, which established the European Union.[1]

Kohl and Mitterrand were the joint recipients of the Charlemagne Prize in 1988.[2] In 1996, he won the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award in International Cooperation.[3] In 1998, Kohl was named Honorary Citizen of Europe by the European heads of state or government for his extraordinary work for European integration and cooperation, an honour previously only bestowed on Jean Monnet.[4]

Kohl was described as "the greatest European leader of the second half of the 20th century" by U.S. Presidents George H. W. Bush[5] and Bill Clinton.[6]

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83 72
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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40 18
Indira Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
outlel added Dec. at 67 (1917-1984)

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55 42
Robert McNamara is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 93 (1916-2009)

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49 41
Walter Ulbricht is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 80 (1893-1973)

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45 35
Willy Brandt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 79 (1913-1992)

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41 24
Charles de Gaulle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
RobLein added age 69

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40 35
John Foster Dulles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 71 (1888-1959)

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47 39
Helmut Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
age 99 - Helmut Schmidt was born in Hamburg in 1918, the only son of two teachers, Ludovica (born Koch) and Gustav Ludwig Schmidt.[2] Schmidt studied at Hamburg Lichtwark School, graduating in 1937. Schmidt's father was the illegitimate son of a German Jewish businessman, although this was kept a family secret for many years.[3][4] This was confirmed publicly by Helmut Schmidt in 1984, after Valéry Giscard d'Estaing revealed the fact to journalists, apparently with Schmidt's assent. Schmidt himself is a non-practising Lutherian.
 Concerned about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Soviet superiority regarding missiles in Central Europe, Schmidt issued proposals resulting in the NATO Double-Track Decision concerning the deployment of medium-range nuclear missiles in Western Europe should the Soviets not disarm. He was re-elected as chancellor in November 1980. In October 1981, Schmidt was fitted with a cardiac pacemaker. 

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51 47
Deng Xiaoping is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 93 (1904-1997)

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56 50
Kim Il-sung is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 82 (1912-1994)

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75 61
Vladimir Lenin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 54 (1870-1924)

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53 41
Chiang Kai-shek is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 88 (1887-1975)

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35 35
George F. Kennan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 101 (1904-2005)

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40 37
Yuri Andropov is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 70 (1914-1984)

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71 62
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
vascaino123ful added age 77

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27 26
Curtis LeMay is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
johannes-vaneyck added Dec. at 84 (1906-1990)

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41 46
Gamal Abdel Nasser is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 52 (1918-1970)

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25 18
J. Edgar Hoover is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
null98Jeff added Dec. at 77 (1895-1972)

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39 38
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 93 (1913-2006)

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29 26
Boris Yeltsin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
RobLein added Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)

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18 22
Francis Gary Powers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
RobLein added Dec. at 48 (1929-1977)

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14 12
Allen Dulles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
outlel added Dec. at 76 (1893-1969)

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41 49
Erich Honecker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 82 (1912-1994)