Have you ever wondered why the cold war was named… cold war? Was it named like that because “cold Russia” was involved? And why was it called a “war” anyway?
Well, none of these: Cold war was named “Cold War” because there were no physical large-scale conflicts between the 2 parties involved.
Despite the fact that they were allies in WWII, the United States and the Soviet Union had many economical and political differences (communism vs capitalism) during the post-war era. Both tried to establish themselves as superpowers and they were constantly responding to each other’s actions. This included spying, a never-ending arms development, an industrial and technological advancement race, and, of course, the famous competition for the moon. The fact that they avoided any large-scale conflict though, gave this era the nickname Cold War.