Cold War 1 Season 2012

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4. Berlin TV-NR CC

Berlin is a Western enclave in Eastern Europe. The Soviets blockade the city, but the allies airlift in supplies. NATO is formed. In August 1949, Soviet scientists explode an atom bomb, establishing nuclear parity between the two world superpowers.

Starring:
Kenneth Branagh, Ella Barowsky
Runtime:
47 minutes
Original air date:
May 8, 2012

Berlin

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Season 1
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    1. Comrades Though ideological enemies, the Soviet Union and the United States are allies against Hitler during World War II. At the end of the War, Europe is divided and the one-time allies now confront each other. The United States has the atomic bomb.

    TV-NR 47min May 8, 2012
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    2. Iron Curtain The Soviet Union dominates Eastern Europe. Churchill warns about the consequences. Stalin insists that the governments of the Soviet Union's client states be pro-Communist. Impoverished after the war, Great Britain opts out as a world power.

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    3. Marshall Plan The United States adopts the Truman Doctrine--it will defend freedom, worldwide. Secretary of State George Marshall plans to bolster economic recovery in Europe. Stalin sees this as a threat, and forbids his satellites to participate. The world divides.

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    4. Berlin Berlin is a Western enclave in Eastern Europe. The Soviets blockade the city, but the allies airlift in supplies. NATO is formed. In August 1949, Soviet scientists explode an atom bomb, establishing nuclear parity between the two world superpowers.

    TV-NR 47min May 8, 2012
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    5. Korea Mao Zedong proclaims the People's Republic of China--the country is now lost to the West. In June 1950, North Korea invades the South, with Stalin's blessing. The United States, backed by the United Nations, defends South Korea and confronts China.

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    6. Reds 1947-1953 The world is polarized across an ideological divide. Following Stalin's domination of Eastern Europe, and the loss of China, American democracy succumbs to a bout of anti-communist hysteria, but survives it. Eisenhower is elected President.

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    7. After Stalin Thaw is conceivable with Stalin dead and Eisenhower in the White House. Stalin's chief of secret police is arrested and shot. Krushchev outmaneuvers Malenkov, for power and visits the West.

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    8. Sputnik In the mid-1950s, the Soviet Union seems to be forging ahead. In October 1957, the Soviet satellite Sputnik orbits the earth-to the dismay of the United States, which is frustrated with its own unsuccessful space program.

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    9. The Wall 1958-1963 Stalin's death has brought about détente, but the fate of Germany is unresolved. West Germany is admitted to NATO. Thousands of East Germans escape to the West through Berlin. At the Vienna Summit in 1961, Khrushchev bullies the inexperienced Kennedy.

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    10. Cuba 1959-1962 Contemplating U.S. missile power installed around the Soviet periphery, Krushchev decides to install short and medium range missiles in Cuba, America's backyard. The sites are detected and the U.S. blockades the island.

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    11. Vietnam 1954-1968 Since the end of the French colonial rule, Vietnam has been divided. The north is run by Communists, the south by anti-Communists.

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    12. M.A.D. The USA and the USSR confront each other, each armed with nuclear weapons. Each side must deter the other. Bombing the enemy could mean provoking retaliation and self-destruction.

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    13. Make Love, Not War 1960s Western Economies grow and prosper, fueled partly by armaments production. Rejecting their parents' affluence and the Cold War, the young protest and rebel. There is racial violence in U.S. inner cities.

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    14. Red Spring In the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, denial of freedom and incentive stifles ambition and achievement. The young lust for totems of America's youth culture--blue jeans and rock-and-roll.

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    15. China Chinese Communists are victorious in the longest civil war in 20th century history. Mao Zedong's reforms are popular, but in 1958, he embarks on a series of catastrophic changes. A famine that kills 30 million people follows.

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    16. Detente The North Vietnamese overwhelm U.S.-backed forces in the South and the United States steps up its bombing campaign. Nixon goes to the Kremlin to meet Brezhnev and signs the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT).

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    17. Good Guys Bad Guys 1967-1978 Across the world, the two superpowers back surrogates engaging in ideological and, sometimes, physical conflict. In the Middle East, the United States arms Israel; the Soviet Union arms Syria and Egypt. In 1967 and 1973, the two weapons systems clash.

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    18. Backyard The United States has always regarded Latin America as its own back yard. In 1954, Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz is overthrown by U.S.-backed forces. Arbenz is leftist, not Communist.

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    19. Freeze As the United States absorbs the hike in OPEC oil prices and concerns for human rights in the East grows, the spirit of détente ebbs away.

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    20. Soldiers of God Afghanistan is a brutal war that costs the lives of almost 15,000 Soviet conscripts and an estimated one million Afghans. "It was the Soviet Union's Vietnam syndrome," says Soviet aide Anatoly Chernyaev.

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    21. Spies 1944-1994 Even before the end of World War II, spies prepare for post-war world order. Beginning in 1944, KGB spies infiltrate Los Alamos, stealing information about the atomic bomb.

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    22. Star Wars 1980-1988 Ronald Reagan pledges to defeat the "evil empire," but abhors the idea of nuclear war. He is prepared to increase arms expenditure significantly to protect the United States.

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    23. Wall Comes Down The dominoes fall: incredibly quickly, the Soviet bloc is breaking up, virtually without bloodshed.

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    24. Conclusions The United States proves the stronger and the Soviet Union implodes. The balance of terror that has kept the peace in Europe for more than 40 years vanishes, but no new world order readily emerges.

    TV-NR 47min August 24, 2018

Product Details

Genres Documentary
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Ella Barowsky
Supporting actors Ernest Bevin, Lucius D. Clay, Clark Clifford, Stefan Doernberg, Edloe Donnan, Yakov Drabkin, Gail Halvorsen, Christina Heimlich, William Heimlich, Hildegarde Herrberger, Konstantin Koval, Freddy Laker, Wolfgang Leonhard, Robert Lochner, Edzard Reuter, Frank Roberts, Mikhail Semiryaga, Heinz Weber
Season year 2018
Network Warner Bros.
Executive Producer Martin Smith
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Though nuclear war was averted, there remained the many lives lost to the proxy wars of those caught in the political net between the two super powers.
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It has interviews with key people, a very engaging narrative, and well selected footage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason on March 18, 2014
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I am extremely pleased by this documentary. It is non-biased, which surprised me considering it was made by Americans. It shows that both sides had good and bad qualities. If you are a history buff, or are interested in the Cold War. I highly recommend this series. Its not for the mild to moderately interested. It requires commitment. But you will learn a lot, and discover things that you wouldn't learn (nearly) anywhere else. Outside a University classroom. Like covert secrets just recently released thanks to President Clinton's 'Freedom of Information Act'. Also discover that the Soviet Union were not the "Evil Empire" that Reagan made them out to be. Like I said and backed up by this Series, BOTH sides had good and bad qualities. BOTH sides did some evil stuff. BOTH sides had good and bad leaders. All in all, best historical documentary I ever watched.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger J. Buffington TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2013
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The 1960s were an odd time in the life of Russia, which was then the heart of the Soviet Union. On the one hand, the Soviets got themselves enmeshed into the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was clearly a warlike adventure by Khruschev that was destined to and did end badly. On the other hand, Khruschev was motivated to try to improve the Soviet standard of living and ease up on the worst aspects of Communist repression from the Stalin years. To some extent he succeeded, and this episode tells this story in an interesting and impactful way. The Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia during the Brezhnev-Kosygin years revealed a backlash against liberation. This too is told here and makes a fascinating story. For those of us who lived through this period, this episode "Red Spring" give an interesting and persuasive perspective to those events. Recommended. RJB.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cliff Nelson on March 26, 2013
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I loved this series when I watched it in high school and I am glad it's now available in more formats. It has interviews with key people, a very engaging narrative, and well selected footage. I highly recommend it.
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By Jack Sprat on July 22, 2014
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This was really good, each and every episode. And Kenneth Branagh's narration was superb. Having grownup during the Cold War, and also having served in the US Army during the Cold War, I was amazed at how much I really never understood about the Soviet Union. This series is fascinating, and it really takes you behind the scenes during some of history's most interesting times. I only wish that there was an HD version.
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This is an excellent, balanced and sweeping look at the Cold War from its origins at the end of WWII through the fall of the Berlin Wall. I especially appreciated the interviews with key persons on both sides of the iron curtain. I remember wondering as a child what was going on in Russia; the released films of Soviet nuclear tests and other inside looks helped fill in the blanks.
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The definitive Cold War documentary. One of the best documentaries of all time. It doesn't just talk about historical events it interview those who were there.
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This series tells the story, without obvious bias or triumphalism, of the Cold War. Through such a telling and through recently opened archives, little known nuances are touched upon to show the give and take between the two great powers. There were many times the two came close to direct conflict and the destruction of the world. Each time there were those who brought us back from the brink of destruction. As much as each side demonized the other, both clearly had cooler heads than their rhetoric suggested. Though nuclear war was averted, there remained the many lives lost to the proxy wars of those caught in the political net between the two super powers. A sad but revealing history of our recent past.
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Don't expect any shocking revelations or deep analysis. It's standard fair designed to educate students, but not necessarily make them think. Good for an introduction.
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