When did the Cold War actually start?

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    If you could nail down one event that started the Cold War, what would it be?

    This is a question that is debated heavily amongst Americanists. Some argue that it began in 1917 with the October Revolution, Some argue that the Korean War actually kicked it off. There are many different answers: Potsdam, "Iron Curtain" speech, Berlin Airlift. Any opinions on what actually kicked it off?
     
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    Cold war meaning what ? The battle of communist vs capitalist ideology ?
     
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    Lets go with this definition:

    The Cold War was the state of conflict, tension and competition that existed between the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR) and their respective allies.(source: wikipedia, modified for cause)
     
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    Then my opinion would be during WWII when it became obvious that the Nazis were going to lose. The scramble for the spoils of war.
     
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    But the outcome of Yalta was fairly favorable to the Soviet Union. FDR had a great relationship with "Uncle Joe" and was willing to allow reparations that never came due to FDR's death. FDR was perfectly willing to concede those spoils to Stalin.
     
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    While at the same time fighting for access to Nazi scientists and technology.
     
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    Yes, but it doesn't pinpont an event that served as the catalyst. Many things led to it. What was the "Fort Sumter" moment of the Cold War?
     
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    I think the United States bombing Japan was the catalyst for the Cold War.
     
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    Why? At that point we were still allied with the USSR and the USSR was actively making war against Japan.
     
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    Absolutely right, but by bombing Japan we showed the Soviets what we were capable of. This led to the arms race and tension between the two nations. In my opinion, of course.
     

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