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The History of the Cold War Podcast will cover the Cold War from the period of roughly 1945 to 1991 and the fall of the Soviet Union in bi-monthly instalments on the first and fifteenth. This Podcast will examine the Cold War from a number of different perspectives including political, diplomatic, cultural, ideological etc. This series is intended to be a grand narrative of the conflict exploring it from its early origins to its final moments and its effects on the world today. Please join us on this incredible journey as we reexamine the Cold War in light of new facts and new perspectives.

The History of the Cold War Podcast will cover the Cold War from the period of roughly 1945 to 1991 and the fall of the Soviet Union in bi-monthly instalments on the first and fifteenth. This Podcast will examine the Cold War from a number of different perspectives including political, diplomatic, cultural, ideological etc. This series is intended to be a grand narrative of the conflict exploring it from its early origins to its final moments and its effects on the world today. Please join us on this incredible journey as we reexamine the Cold War in light of new facts and new perspectives.
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The History of the Cold War Podcast will cover the Cold War from the period of roughly 1945 to 1991 and the fall of the Soviet Union in bi-monthly instalments on the first and fifteenth. This Podcast will examine the Cold War from a number of different perspectives including political, diplomatic, cultural, ideological etc. This series is intended to be a grand narrative of the conflict exploring it from its early origins to its final moments and its effects on the world today. Please join us on this incredible journey as we reexamine the Cold War in light of new facts and new perspectives.

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Episodes

Episode 49 - China - Prelude to the Chinese Civil War

6/14/2018
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In this episode we will be examining the events leading up to the Chinese Civil War. The decline of the Qing Empire and China's century of Humiliation. We explore the rises why China declined as the leading power in the world and the political instability to led to the creation of both the Nationalist Party and the Chinese Communist Party.

Duration:00:28:03

Episode 48 - Japan - Occupation

5/31/2018
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In this episode were going to examine how the actual occupation of Japan unfolded versus how it was planned by the Americans and anticipated by the Japanese. We examine how the US ran Japan and established a new Japanese government. The rise of PanPan culture in post war Japan and the state of life in early post war Japan.

Duration:00:59:05

Episode 47 - Japan - Prelude to Occupation

5/14/2018
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In this episode the factors that influenced the thinking around the American occupation of Japan, the plan around the occupation and the lead up to the occupation. Looking at the events that unfolded before the Americans arrived and the opening ceremonies of the Occupation. We also look at both American and Japanese concerns in the build up to the occupation and the state of Japan socially, politically and economically at the start of the occupation.

Duration:00:48:29

Episode 46 - Japan - The Decline of the Imperial Empire

4/30/2018
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In this episode we examine the events leading up to the occupation of Japan. We review the forces which created Imperial Japan and the forces which led to its down fall in world war II.

Duration:00:52:10

Interview Episode 3 - Joes Segal from Wende Museum

4/14/2018
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Joes Segal, Chief Curator of the Wende Museum, joins Jeff to discuss the Wende Museum and Joes own historical work which focuses on art and culture and he provides many interesting insights on art during the Cold War. Join us for this fascinating look into cultural aspects of the Cold War. The Wende Museum, located in Los Angeles, centers around preserving Cold War art, culture, and history from the Soviet Bloc countries and is considered a must see for any Cold War fan visiting Southern...

Duration:00:44:13

Episode 44 - Rise of the Mafia in the United States

3/14/2018
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In this episode we explore the origins of the American mafia and its influence on American politics in the early 20th century. We examine how immigration, prohibition and events in Europe led to the rise of American organized crime and how the Italian Mafia came to dominate the American underworld.

Duration:00:32:51

Interview Episode 2 - Odd Arne Westad FBA

2/28/2018
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Arne Westad, ST Lee Professor of US-Asia Relations at Harvard University, joins Jeff to discuss his new book The Cold War: A World History and weighing in on important questions surrounding the cold war. Join us for a discussion with one of the pre-eminent scholars of the Cold War and a great influence for the founding of this show.

Duration:00:21:10

Episode 43 - Soviet Spy Master Lavrentiy Beria

2/14/2018
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In this episode we explore the complex cut throat politics of the Soviet Union and Beria's subsequent rise and fall from power. We explore his early life and his role in Soviet politics. His role in World War II and his influence on the Cold War and the Soviet Union along with his personal life.

Duration:00:51:04

Episode 42 - American Spy Master J. Edgar Hoover

1/31/2018
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In this episode we examine the life of J. Edgar Hoover and his subsequent rise and fall in American politics. We look at the questions surrounding his sexuality. We examine the rumors around his racial background, was Hoover part black? We also explore his ties to the Mob and why he claimed that the Mafia was a hoax.

Duration:00:57:56

Episode 41 - FBI or Federal Bureau of Investigations - in the early Cold War

1/14/2018
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In this episode we examine the origins of the FBI and the rise of J Edgar Hoover in American politics. We will also look at how the Cold War started for the FBI in 1917 and continued into the inter-war years. Finally, we chart the rise of the surveillance state in the United States and how Hoover helped to stoke the flames of the Second Red Scare.

Duration:01:23:32

Episode 39 - CIA - Early Cold War

12/14/2017
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Join us as we explore the origins of the CIA and its influence on the early Cold War. How was the CIA different from MI6 or the KGB ? Learn how Washington Politics influenced the structure and growth of the CIA. Finally learn about the early clandestine missions of the CIA in the early years of the Cold War.

Duration:01:02:44

Interview Episode 1 - Daniele Bolelli from History on Fire Podcast

11/14/2017
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Join us in for our first interview with Daniele Bolelli host of the History on Fire Podcast. We talk a little about what’s new with the History on Fire and get Daniele’s views on the Cold War. We talk about the ideology of the period. His experience growing up in Italy during the Cold War and his views on some of the big debates in the Cold War community. Check out History on Fire at http://historyonfirepodcast.com/

Duration:00:46:54

Episode 37 - United Nations 1945 - 50

10/31/2017
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In this episode we examine the founding of the United Nations and its role in the early Cold War. How did the League of Nations and World War II shape the UN ? Learn how the Soviet Union got three votes in the general assembly whereas other nations were limited to one. Moreover, we examine the thoughts behind why the UN is structured the way it is. Why do only five nations have Vetoes ? Why are some nations treated different from others ? Why is the UN almost helpless in stopping Civil...

Duration:00:57:29

Episode 36 - The First Arab- Israeli War - Cold War in Middle East

10/14/2017
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In this episode we examine the First Arab-Israeli war in the context of the Cold War. How did an Israel so outnumbered achieve victory? What was the Soviet Union's role in the war? How did the war effect the Cold War?

Duration:01:07:58

Episode 35 - The Iran Crisis 1945-50 - Early Cold War in the Middle East

9/30/2017
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In this episode we examine the early Cold War in the Middle East from a general perspective and examine the first Crisis in the Middle East the Iran Crisis. Learn about the politics of the region ? How did the US become involved in the region and how were the nations in the region influenced by the early Cold War?

Duration:00:22:10

Episode 33 - The Soviet Empire 1944 - 1953

8/31/2017
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In this episode we examine the Soviet Empire during the early Cold War. What was the politics of the early Cold War ? What was happening in Eastern Europe and what was the Soviet Perspective of the early Cold War.

Duration:01:19:35

Episode 32 - Ho Chi Minh | General Giap - Cold War Biography

8/14/2017
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Join us this episode as we take a closer examination of Ho Chin Minh and General Võ Nguyên Giáp early lives leading up to the First Indo-China War. We look at Ho’s early life overseas and his rise to power in the communist party and how he subsequently lost influence. Learn why Giap hated the French and his early life as a revolutionary.

Duration:00:34:51

Episode 31 - French Indo-China war 1945-50

7/14/2017
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In this episode we examine the first part of the struggle for Vietnamese Independence. What was France's strategy in the post war to recolonize Indo-China. How did Britain play a role in starting the Vietnam war ? How did America come to aid the French in this struggle and become involved in Vietnam ?

Duration:01:09:01

Episode 30 - France - Late French Empire 1945-56

6/30/2017
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In this episode we examine the late French Empire and its place in the Cold War and the growing decolonization movement . What was France's plan for its empire in the post war world ? How did issues in domestic French politics affect the empire and wider Cold War ? What happened with France's minor holdings in Morocco, Madagascar and Tunisia ? Learn all this more !

Duration:00:58:18

Episode 28 - Malaysia - The Malayan emergency Part II 1952-1960

5/31/2017
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Join us as we examine the second half of the Malaya Emergency 1952-1960. The Malayan Emergency is a forgotten chapter in the Cold War often overshadowed by The French Defeat in Indo-China and the Korean war. Its also a chapter in the Cold War where the United States and the Soviet Union played little or no role. So how did the British achieve victory in Malaya ? Why Couldn't the MCP achieve victory ?

Duration:00:50:29