Bridget Kendall presents an oral history tracing decisive moments of the Cold War.
The Cold War is one of the furthest-reaching and longest-lasting conflicts in modern history. It spanned the globe - from Greece to China, Hungary to Cuba - and lasted for almost half a century. It has shaped political relations to this day, drawing new physical and ideological boundaries between East and West.
Bridget Kendall explores the Cold War through the eyes of those who experienced it first-hand. This landmark series draws on exclusive interviews with individuals who lived through the conflict's key events, offering a variety of perspectives that reveal how the Cold War was experienced by ordinary people. From pilots making food drops during the Berlin Blockade and Japanese fishermen affected by H-bomb testing, to families fleeing the Korean War and children whose parents were victims of McCarthy's Red Scare, Cold War covers the full geographical and historical reach of the conflict. This is essential listening for anyone seeking to understand how the tensions of the last century have shaped the modern world, and what it was like to live through them.
1. The Greek Civil War 2. The Czech Coup 3. The 1948 Election in Italy 4. The Berlin Blockade 5. The Fall of Shanghai 6. The Korean War 7. McCarthyism 8. The H-Bomb 9. The East German Uprising 10. The Iran Coup 11. Khrushchev’s Thaw 12. The Hungarian Revolution 13. The Congo Coup 14. The Berlin Wall Crisis 15. The Cuban Missile Crisis 16. The Fall of Khrushchev 17. The Chinese Cultural Revolution 18. The Prague Spring 19. America’s Vietnam War 20. The Coup in Chile 21. The Fall of Saigon 22. Ostpolitik 23. The Angolan Civil War 24. The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan 25. The Birth of Solidarity in Poland 26. The New Cold War 27. Gorbachev’s Perestroika 28. The Fall of the Berlin Wall and German Reunification 29. The Baltic Singing Revolution 30. The Collapse of the Soviet Union
Bridget Kendall was foreign correspondent for the BBC in Moscow during the collapse of the Soviet Union. Formerly the BBC's diplomatic correspondent, she is now the first female master of Peterhouse College, Cambridge.
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