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speech a lesson for the present," by William Horsley, BBC European
affairs correspondent, BBC, March 5, 2006 (60th anniversary of the "Iron
Years after the Berlin Wall Fell," an Eye-witness account by
Heiko Khoo, at a "defense of Marxism" (for the current labor
movement) site, offers a detailed narrative of various events leading
up to the fall of the wall.
- CNN Videotape series: Cold War, 1998, 14
hours (8 video tapes; 3 episodes per videotape) --CNN's epic eight-volume
examination of the key events, personalities, and consequences of the
cold war. Includes rare footage of historical events and interviews
with people who helped shape history. UCSB media collection:
D843 .C577245 1998
- Comrades (1917-1945): The Soviet Union and the
United States confront each other at the end of World War II.
- Iron Curtain (1945-1947): The alliance betwen
the Soviet Union and the West quickly proves to be little more than
a marriage of convenience.
- Marshall Plan (1947-1952): With
hunger and discontent plaguing postwar Europe, the US proposes an
aid program to rebuild the ruined continent.
- Berlin (1948-1949): In Berlin,
American, British and French sectors from a Western enclave in the
Soviet zone of divided Germany. In June 1948, the Soviets blockade
the city, but the Western allies successfully airlift in supplies.
In August 1949, Soviet scientists explode an atomic bomb, establishing
nuclear parity between the superpowers.
- Korea (1949-1953)
- Reds (1947-1953): American democracy falls victim
to anti-communist hysteria.
- After Stalin (1953-1956): Khrushchev outmaneuvers
Malenkov for power and visits the West.
- Sputnik (1949-1961): In October 1957, the first
Soviet satellite Sputnik orbits the earth.
- The Wall (1958-1963): West Germany
has been admitted to NATO. Within East Germany, Berlin is divided
between East and West by an open border. Thousands flee from the
communist system. To keep their people in, the East Germans build
- Cuba (1959-1962): Khrushchev and Castro decide
to install missiles in Cuba.
- Vietnam (1954-1972)
- MAD (1960-1972)
- Make Love, Not War (1960s)
- Red Spring (1960s): In the Soviet
Bloc, communist rule stifles ambition and achievement. Soviet defense
expenditure cripples economic growth. In Czechoslovakia, Dubcek
attempts limited reform, but in 1968, Soviet forces crushes the
- China (1949-1972): Chinese communists win the
longest civil war in 20th century history, to President Nixon's
historic visit to Beijing.
- Detente (1969-1975)
- Good Guys, Bad Guys (1967-1978)
- Back Yard (1954-1990): Latin America
- Freeze (1977-1981): Concern for human rights
in the East grows; detente ebbs. The Soviets arm Eastern Europe;
the US threatens to site missiles in Western Europe. The Soviet
invasion of Afghanistan ends detente. Promising tougher measures
against Moscow, Reagan wins the Presidency. Poland imposes martial
- Soldiers of God (1975-1988): Afghanistan
- Spies (1944-1994): Early CIA attempts to penetrate
the Iron Curtain are thwarted.
- Star Wars (1980-1988): Reagan boosts US defenses
and proposes the Strategic Defense Initiative.
- The Wall Comes Down (1989): The
dominoes fall: incredibly quicly, the Soviet bloc breaks up virtually
without bloodshed. First Poland, then Hungary, then East Germany
slips away. Gorbachev makes no effort to hold them back with force.
Amid scenes of jubilation, the hated Berlin Wall comes down.
- Conclusions (1989-1991): The
US Proves the stronger, the Soviet Union implodes; Germany is reunified.
Shorn of its empire and communist domination, Russia faces its future
in economic chaos. The balance of terror that had kept the peace
for more than 40 years vanishes. The Cold War ended without the
use of nuclear weapons.
- Smithsonian Video Series: Eastern Europe, Breaking
with the Past (Washington, D.C. : Global View Productions, Inc.,
c1990), 13 videocassettes (650 min.): 13 segments of 50 minutes each.
Narrated by Robert Siegel. UCSB: DJK51 .E24 1990
- Contents v. 1. America's relations with Eastern Europe -- v.
2. Vaclav Havel: leadership in Eastern Europe -- v. 3. Ceausescu:
Eastern Europe's last dictator? -- v. 4. Life as an ethnic minority
in Eastern Europe -- v. 5. Estonia: a story -- v. 6. Memories of
childhood and war --v. 7. At the crossroads: Eastern European Jewry
-- v. 8. Theater and the revolution --v. 9. Germany reunites
-- v. 10. The Polish experience --v. 11. A new world of television
--v. 12. An animated journey --v. 13. A generation of artists.