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  • Season 1
    • Conclusions, 1989-91
      11/15/14
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      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. At the end of this survey of the Cold War, which came to a surprise juncture with the breakup of the Soviet Union, the program takes a thoughtful look at what can be learned from past events and what the future might hold for the global community.moreless
    • 5/9/99
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      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.
    • 5/2/99
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      The Soviet Union loses its grip on Eastern Europe as the Berlin Wall comes down and the Cold War comes to an end.
    • Star Wars, 1981-88
      Star Wars, 1981-88
      Episode 22
      10/31/14
      0.0
      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. This episode examines the Star Wars program, instituted by President Ronald Reagan, which expanded the arms race into space. The program also shows how Reagan and Soviet Premier Gorbachev made history at summit talks by agreeing to limit nuclear armament.moreless
    • 4/25/99
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      The Soviet Union's economy falters as it struggles to keep up in the arms and technology race.
    • Spies, 1945-90
      Spies, 1945-90
      Episode 21
      10/30/14
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      "Spies (1944-94)" recalls East-West espionage battles. "For us it was war," says East German spy chief Markus Wolf. Also interviewed: convicted U.S. spies Aldrich Ames and Ted Hall; former CIA head Stansfield Turner; and KGB operatives, one of whom admits: "I love espionage because of the smell of adventure." Kenneth Branagh narrates.moreless
    • Spies: 1945-1990
      Episode 21
      4/18/99
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      A look at the hidden front of the Cold War involving subterfuge and secret intelligence gathering.
    • Soldiers of God, 1975-88
      10/11/14
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      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. This episode turns the spotlight on the Middle East as the American-supported government in Iran is toppled. The program also details the Soviets' fiercely opposed attempts to establish dominance in Afghanistan and the United States' provision of money, munitions, and training to the Muslim rebels, including Osama bin Laden.moreless
    • 4/11/99
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      An examination of the effects of religious fundamentalism upon the United States and the Soviet Union's foreign policies.
    • Freeze, 1977-81
      Freeze, 1977-81
      Episode 19
      10/4/14
      0.0
      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. This episode examines events in the '70s that chilled the developing thaw in Cold War politics. The program shows how human rights violations in the Soviet Union and new missile bases in Eastern Europe put detente back in the deep freeze.moreless
    • Freeze: 1977-1981
      Episode 19
      3/27/99
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      Unrest in Eastern Europe and the Oil Crisis threatens to undermine the progress made by detente.
    • Backyard, 1954-90
      Backyard, 1954-90
      Episode 18
      9/27/14
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      "Backyard" (1954-90) charts U.S. efforts to stave off Communist threats---real and perceived---in Latin America. Interviewed: Fidel Castro; former Nicaraguan leaders Daniel Ortega and Violetta Chamorro; and CIA veteran Howard Hunt, who recalls the agency's strategy in Guatemala in 1954: "What we wanted to do was have a terror campaign." Kenneth Branagh narrates.moreless
    • 3/20/99
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      The United States utilizes different ways to fight the spread of communism in its own hemisphere, from Guatamala to Grenada.
    • 3/13/99
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      An examination of how the major powers fought by proxy in different areas of the world throughout the era.
    • Detente, 1969-75
      Detente, 1969-75
      Episode 16
      9/13/14
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      "Detente (1969-75)." Despite Vietnam, "our attitude was to have a more constructive relationship with the U.S.," recalls former Soviet diplomat Anatoly Dobrynin. Also interviewed: former President Gerald Ford; former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; Brezhnev advisor Georgi Arbatov. Kenneth Branagh narrates.
    • Detente: 1969-1975
      Episode 16
      3/6/99
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      A look at the era of detente that resulted in cooperation and exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union.
    • China: 1949-1972
      Episode 15
      2/27/99
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      The history of communism in China, from Mao Tse-tung's victory to President Nixon's trip to China in 1972.
    • Red Spring: 1960s
      Episode 14
      2/20/99
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      The Soviet Union continues its aggressive European policy by invading Czechoslovakia and crushing the Prague Spring Revolution.
    • 2/13/99
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      An examination of the effects of the Cold War upon the populace, including civil rights movements and protests that led to policy changes.
    • MAD
      MAD
      Episode 12
      7/19/14
      0.0
      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. This episode examines the escalating nuclear arms race between the superpowers. It details the new concept of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD), the idea that the world will be safe if both sides have similar capacities to destroy the other, because no one will want to "push the button."moreless
    • MAD: 1960-1972
      Episode 12
      12/12/98
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      A look at how technology shaped the politics of the Cold War era, including the United States' Mutual Assured Destruction strategy and the introduction of missiles with multiple payloads.
    • Vietnam
      Vietnam
      Episode 11
      8/20/14
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      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. This episode is devoted to the subject of Vietnam. With the Soviet Union supporting Ho Chi Minh's Communist Viet Cong, America entered the civil war on the side of South Vietnam. The program shows how the Cold War turned hot, with huge casualties on both sides as America was forced to withdraw from the conflict.moreless
    • Vietnam: 1954-1968
      Episode 11
      12/12/98
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      The United States continues its containment of communism by becoming involved in Vietnam's ongoing struggle, leading to enormous public disapproval of the policy.
    • Cuba, 1959-62
      Cuba, 1959-62
      Episode 10
      6/21/14
      0.0
      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
    • Cuba: 1959-1962
      Episode 10
      11/28/98
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      President Kennedy confronts Kruschev when the Soviet Union begins to deploy nuclear missiles in Cuba.
    • The Wall, 1958-63
      5/24/14
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      The Soviet Union solves the problem of people leaving East Germany to the free West by stopping open transit and building a secured ring around West Berlin.
    • 11/21/98
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      The Soviet Union solves the problem of people leaving East Germany to the free West by stopping open transit and building a secured ring around West Berlin.
    • Sputnik, 1949-61
      Sputnik, 1949-61
      Episode 8
      5/26/14
      0.0
      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. This episode follows the Cold War into outer space, as the Soviets shocked America and the world by first launching Sputnik, and then an astronaut, into space. President John F. Kennedy vowed that America would be first in the "New Frontier," thereby giving birth to the "Space Race."moreless
    • 11/14/98
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      The Soviet Union launches its first satellite into orbit while the United States' own space program lags behind.
    • After Stalin, 1953-56
      4/26/14
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      "After Stalin (1953-56)" recalls uprisings in East Germany, Poland and Hungary following the Soviet dictator's death. When the smoke cleared, says narrator Kenneth Branagh, "Khrushchev had reinforced the Iron Curtain." Interviewed: Khrushchev's son Sergei; former Hungarian Prime Minister Andras Hegedus.
    • 11/7/98
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      Stalin's death brings hope that tensions will ease between the Soviet Union and the United States, and Nikita Khrushchev becomes the new Soviet Leader.
    • Reds, 1947-53
      Reds, 1947-53
      Episode 6
      4/12/14
      0.0
      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. In this episode, the drama turns to the United States, where fear of Communism led to the Red-baiting of the McCarthy era. It details the loyalty oaths and investigations by the House Committee Un-American Activities. Also included in this episode is the death of Stalin in the Soviet Union. It shows how the Soviet people mourned their leader, even though he was responsible for the deaths of more than 20 million of his own people in the Communist purges.moreless
    • Reds: 1947-1953
      Episode 6
      10/31/98
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      A look at the period in which Stalin securely dominated eastern Europe, China embraced communism, and anti-communist hysteria spread in the United States.
    • Korea, 1949-53
      Korea, 1949-53
      Episode 5
      3/29/14
      0.0
      A Chinese civil war between the factions of Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-Shek brings the armed forces of the United States onto the battlefield to oppose communism.
    • Korea: 1949-1953
      Episode 5
      10/17/98
      0.0
      A Chinese civil war between the factions of Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-Shek brings the armed forces of the United States onto the battlefield to oppose communism.
    • Berlin, 1948-49
      Berlin, 1948-49
      Episode 4
      5/6/14
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      "Berlin (1948-49)" recalls the Soviet blockade of the city's Western Zones, and the mistrust and maneuvering that led to it. Interviewees include U.S. and Soviet miliary administrators. "Berlin and Germany were the only places where the two sides came into contact," notes one Soviet. "That's why Berlin became a battleground for the Cold War." Kenneth Branagh narrates.moreless
    • 10/10/98
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      Berlin is divided into two separate cities, and Europe itself splits as the countries align themselves with the opposing major powers.
    • 10/3/98
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      The United States offers assistance to countries that reject communism after Great Britain halts aid to Turkey and Greece.
    • 9/26/98
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      Stalin begins to spread communism across Europe after the war ends, and tension grows between the United States and the Soviet Union.
    • Comrades
      Comrades
      Episode 1
      10/27/14
      0.0
      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 free world aligned itself with America, while the U.S.S.R. tightly held the reigns of its communist regime in the countries of the Soviet Bloc. This first episode looks at the irony of the postwar development in which the former comrades, united against the threat of Hitler, became sworn enemies in the fight for the minds of men.moreless
    • 9/19/98
      9.0
      Despite their ideological differences, the United States and the Soviet Union become allies in the wars against Germany.
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