Bridget Kendall

Cold War: Series 1 and 2
  • Cold War: Series 1 and 2

  • 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.