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  • Conclusions: 1989-1991

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    S 1 : Ep 24 - 5/9/99

    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.
  • The Wall Comes Down: 1989

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    S 1 : Ep 23 - 5/2/99

    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: 1980-1988

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    S 1 : Ep 22 - 4/25/99

    The Soviet Union's economy falters as it struggles to keep up in the arms and technology race.
  • Spies: 1945-1990

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    S 1 : Ep 21 - 4/18/99

    A look at the hidden front of the Cold War involving subterfuge and secret intelligence gathering.
  • Soldiers of God: 1975-1988

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    S 1 : Ep 20 - 4/11/99

    An examination of the effects of religious fundamentalism upon the United States and the Soviet Union's foreign policies.
  • Freeze: 1977-1981

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    S 1 : Ep 19 - 3/27/99

    Unrest in Eastern Europe and the Oil Crisis threatens to undermine the progress made by detente.
  • Backyard: 1954-1990

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    S 1 : Ep 18 - 3/20/99

    The United States utilizes different ways to fight the spread of communism in its own hemisphere, from Guatamala to Grenada.
  • Good Guys, Bad Guys: 1967-1978

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    S 1 : Ep 17 - 3/13/99

    An examination of how the major powers fought by proxy in different areas of the world throughout the era.
  • Detente: 1969-1975

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    S 1 : Ep 16 - 3/6/99

    A look at the era of detente that resulted in cooperation and exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • China: 1949-1972

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    S 1 : Ep 15 - 2/27/99

    The history of communism in China, from Mao Tse-tung's victory to President Nixon's trip to China in 1972.
  • Red Spring: 1960s

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    S 1 : Ep 14 - 2/20/99

    The Soviet Union continues its aggressive European policy by invading Czechoslovakia and crushing the Prague Spring Revolution.
  • Make Love, Not War: 1960s

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    S 1 : Ep 13 - 2/13/99

    An examination of the effects of the Cold War upon the populace, including civil rights movements and protests that led to policy changes.
  • MAD: 1960-1972

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    S 1 : Ep 12 - 12/12/98

    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: 1954-1968

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    S 1 : Ep 11 - 12/12/98

    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: 1959-1962

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    S 1 : Ep 10 - 11/28/98

    President Kennedy confronts Kruschev when the Soviet Union begins to deploy nuclear missiles in Cuba.
  • The Wall: 1958-1963

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 11/21/98

    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: 1949-1961

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 11/14/98

    The Soviet Union launches its first satellite into orbit while the United States' own space program lags behind.
  • After Stalin: 1953-1956

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 11/7/98

    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: 1947-1953

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 10/31/98

    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: 1949-1953

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 10/17/98

    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: 1948-1949

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 10/10/98

    Berlin is divided into two separate cities, and Europe itself splits as the countries align themselves with the opposing major powers.
  • Marshall Plan: 1947-1952

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 10/3/98

    The United States offers assistance to countries that reject communism after Great Britain halts aid to Turkey and Greece.
  • Iron Curtain: 1945-1947

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 9/26/98

    Stalin begins to spread communism across Europe after the war ends, and tension grows between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • Comrades: 1917-1945

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 9/19/98

    Despite their ideological differences, the United States and the Soviet Union become allies in the wars against Germany.