From the 1950s through the early '90s, the scariest war for most Americans was one which never occurred - the Cold War. The political controversy left the world to wait and wonder, as no one knew if the world would suddenly be in a planet-ending war. Then, suddenly, the Soviet Union collapsed, split and went from a communist nation to several democratic countries. But what ended the war, why did it end, and how did it happen so quickly?
You grew up in this volatile period of time, you lived the fear, concern and worry, but how much did you really know? While the war never came, much of the Soviet Union's economy was destroyed because of a weapons race with the United States over which weapon? And do you remember the official year of the Soviet Union's collapse? We were allies during two world wars and nearly the primary opposing forces in a third. Do you know how long the Soviet Union had been in existence? And were we allies during a communist regime?
Gorbachev may have allowed for the decline of a communist state, but can you recall who took over once the Soviet Union collapsed? These are some of the questions you'll face about one of the most pivotal moments in world history. Do you think you're up to the challenge? Take this quiz and find out!
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