Hostile storms sweep through the air, threatening clouds darken the light, we must also expect pain and death now, against our enemies, we are called to duty! We possess a luminous flame of freedom, ignited above our heads! The flag of victory, the people’s liberation, which guides us to the last battle! Up, now to…Read More Warschawjanka! The Song of Warsaw! (English Lyrics)
Hello everybody, today I will tell you about the planned economy. Planned economies where a central feature of the attempts at socialism in the soviet block countries. And yes, it’s a way to manage distribution and not an ideology, no I am not changing the title. A planned economy can be summed up as an…Read More What is a (centrally) planned economy? | Ideology explained
We are just about to get to the year 2020, and we all love big fancy milestones. In June of 2020, we’re coming to the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of one of the key conflicts which would take us out of the World War 2 era, and firmly into the Cold War. I mean…Read More Korean War 1950-1953 – to the 38th – COLD WAR DOCUMENTARY
NATO is one of the most iconic organizations associated to the Cold War. NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is often used by historians as a stand-in to represent the United States and its allies as one faction of the conflict. And it makes good sense. It’s a military alliance, founded directly because of a…Read More Creation of NATO 1949 – COLD WAR DOCUMENTARY
We’ve come around the back of the building where the secret police are holed up, and you can hear them firing now. They’re firing down, in fact, in this direction every now and then… It’s said that journalists write the first draft of history. John Simpson, BBC News. As the BBC’s World Affairs Editor and…Read More The Fall of the Berlin Wall
In the early hours of August 13, 1961, East German construction workers flanked by soldiers and police began tearing up streets and erecting barriers throughout the city of Berlin and its surroundings. This night marked the beginning of one of history’s most infamous dividing lines, the Berlin Wall. Construction on the wall continued for the…Read More The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall – Konrad H. Jarausch
By 1951, the middle class in the United States was enjoying booming economic prosperity while Weste Europe was well on the path to recovery. Business was good, people flowed into malls and drive-in theatres, while the New York Yankees won the world series in front of a sell out stadium. For the West, the horrors…Read More Forest Brothers – anti-Soviet Guerilla War in the Baltics – THE COLD WAR
Get ready, put on your parkas, winter boots and snowshoes; we are going North…waaaay North. As in, months of darkness and reindeer and stories of Santa Claus-North. Ok, well maybe not quite THAT far north, but we are going to start talking about the Nordic countries, whose place during the Cold War is quite often…Read More How did Finland deal with the Soviet Union after the World War?
Hi everyone, we are at Alexanderplatz. At this point, in this square was practically the center of the Socialist Republic of Germany. Many architectural features are preserved from the years of German Socialism and here is a standard soviet square, typical of the Socialist Republics that appreciated the wide squares, large avenues… So let’s take…Read More #BERLIM | O clima socialista na capital alemã | Andiamo!
Last time, we talked about the severing of Germany, and the founding of the capitalist, democratic Federal Republic of Germany. We ended with a setup that we’d come back and take a look at the same events, but from the other side. What was East Germany, or the German Democratic Republic, or the much cooler…Read More Soviet Germany? – COLD WAR DOCUMENTARY