Cold War

Season 1 Episode 10

Cuba, 1959-62

Aired Unknown Jun 21, 2014 on BBC Two
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Cuba, 1959-62
With WWII at an end, the world soon faced a new challenge widely known as the Cold War. In 24 episodes, this series chronicles this war of ideologies, from its inception in the late '40s until the dissolution of the U.S.S.R. some 40 years later. With Europe and Japan absorbed in rebuilding their cities and economies, the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as the world's superpowers and standard bearers for incompatible political philosophies. Capitalism or Communism: The line was drawn in the sand. The Cuban Missile Crisis is the subject of this episode. After America stationed missiles near the Soviet border, Krushchev retaliated by sending missiles to Fidel Castro's Cuba, only 90 miles from the U.S. mainland. The program details America's blockade of the island as well as Krushchev's and Kennedy's deadly game being played as the world watched on.moreless

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