Cold War

Conclusions: 1989-1991

Season 1, Ep 24, Aired 5/9/99
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  • Episode Description
  • The Cold War era comes to an end as the Soviet Union's empire falls and new policies are implemented by Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kenneth Branagh

    Narrator

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • George H. Bush: For over 40 years the United States led the West in the struggle against communism and the threat it posed to our most precious values. This struggle shaped the lives of all Americans. It forced all nations to live under the specter of nuclear destruction. That confrontation is now over.

    • Condoleezza Rice: It looked like the Soviet Union was coming unstuck a little bit. At that point, I think we started to believe we were in a race to try to finish the business of ending the Cold War with Gorbachev still in power.

    • Alexander Rutskoi (Russian Parliament): Society moved on and the Party stayed where it was. People started running like rats from a sinking ship.

    Trivia (1)

    • Archival footage: -Nicolae Ceausescu: Bucharest meeting, and court martial. -Elena Ceausescu: court martial. -Mikhail Gorbachev: "we are a country of many nationalities", "who knows where it might lead", "unconstitutional coup", and "it's disgraceful" statements. -James Baker: 1990 "difficulty on the part of the Soviet Union" statement. -Eduard Shevardnadze: "a dictatorship is approaching" statement. -Jonathan Mann: "Mikhail Gorbachev is out of office" CNN newscast. -George H. Bush: statement about Gorbachev situation, and "that confrontation is now over" speech. -Boris Yeltsin: "let's stand firm", and "tricolor as the national flag" statements. -Gennadi Yenayev: Soviet State of Emergency statement.

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