The red light is on Yes, the record has started. “Talking with my father” The Red Army Choir: Paul Robeson and the tour to Cuba, Fidel Castro. Tell us about your trip to Cuba. To Cuba? Yes! How you met Fidel Castro… Everything from the beginning. We were on our tour to Mexico right before…Read More The Red Army Choir #1 – Concert tour to Cuba, Fidel Castro and Paul Robeson, 1961
It’s not hard to imagine a world where at any given moment, you and everyone you know could be wiped out without warning at the push of a button. This was the reality for millions of people during the 45-year period after World War II, now known as the Cold War. As the United States…Read More The history of the Cuban Missile Crisis – Matthew A. Jordan
This video was made possible by Skillshare, home to over twenty thousand classes that’ll teach you just about anything. In the fall of 1959, an enormous Soviet aircraft races across the Atlantic. This plane is unlike anything in the west. It’s the largest airliner the world has ever seen. And it’s driven by four of…Read More How the Soviets One Upped The West: The TU-114 Story
The feeling was very much depressing, and oppressive, and depressing with such outbreaks of hope as a revolution in Hungary, events in Poland, strikes and confrontation between the Polish workers with the communist regime. [The anti-communist Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was brutally suppressed by Soviet military force. Strikes and demonstrations in Poland occurred sporadically through…Read More Vytautas Landsbergis: Lithuania Under Communism
Well, good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. I’m very pleased and relieved to see you back here this week. Every time I have to give a lecture on history, I feel like the seventh husband of the Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, who once said on their wedding night: “I know what I have to do, but…Read More 1956 – Khrushchev delivers his secret speech (Jamie Shea’s History Class)
Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin was born on December 18th 1878 in Gori, Georgia in the Russian Empire to a poor family at age 7 he called smallpox leaving him with a pockmarked face Joseph’s mother was a devout Russian, Orthodox Christian and wanted him to become a priest. In 1895…Read More Joseph Stalin, Leader of the Soviet Union (1878-1953)
A recent British inquiry into the suspicious death of former KGB agent, Alexander Litvinenko, concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin had likely authorized his killing. While it is unclear whether these claims are true, the silencing of dissent is not out of character for the former Soviet security agency, the KGB. So, what exactly was…Read More What Was The KGB And Why Was It So Feared?