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Videos: Chapter Four

July 7, 2011

This post contains video materials for chapter four, which introduces the Cold War which emerged from the two world wars and which would shape the second half of the twentieth century and beyond.

The Yalta Conference, February 1945.


The Potsdam Conference, July-August 1945.


The seeds of the Cold War.


Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech in Fulton, Missouri, March 5, 1946.


The Truman Doctrine (two parts).


The Marshall Plan.


From the Berlin blockade to the “fall” of China (1948-1949).


The Korean War.


The domestic fallout of the Cold War.




The Cold War from Stalin and Truman to Khrushchev and Eisenhower.


Khrushchev, Eisenhower and the U-2 crisis.


The Cuban missile crisis and its consequences.


The Cold War, the Third World, and Vietnam.


Secretary of Defense McNamara and the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident.


President Lyndon Johnson defends the American war in Vietnam (September 1967).


President Lyndon Johnson announces that he will not run for a second-term in 1968.


Realist Professor Hans J. Morgenthau explaining his opposition to the Vietnam War.


Détente, Helsinki and its aftermath.


The Reagan years and the “second” Cold War.


The Cold War winds down.


The Cold War ends.


Mikhail Gorbachev.


Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and eroding US-Russian relations.


Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and US President Barack Obama have lunch together (2011).

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