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The Most Influential People of the Cold War  

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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?
list ordered by
1
Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 75 (1878-1953)
2
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
3
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)
4
Mikhail Gorbachev is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
5
Nikita Khrushchev is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 77 (1894-1971)
6
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 88 (1884-1972)
7
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)
8
Fidel Castro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
age 92
9
Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 83 (1893-1976)
10
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)
11
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)
12
George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 79 (1880-1959)
13
Ho Chi Minh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)
14
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
15
Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 85 (1920-2005)
16
Josip Broz Tito is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 88 (1892-1980)
17
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 88 (1925-2013)
18
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 65 (1908-1973)
19
Leonid Brezhnev is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Died at 76 (1906-1982)
20
Yuri Gagarin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 34 (1934-1968)
21
Che Guevara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 39 (1928-1967)
22
Douglas MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 84 (1880-1964)
23
Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)
24
Konrad Adenauer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential People of the Cold War
Dec. at 91 (1876-1967)
25
Helmut Kohl is listed (or ranked) 25 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]