The History of the Cold War Podcast

The History of the Cold War Podcast

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66 - Armistice and Epilogue
Jun 14 • 67 min
In this episode, we review the last year of the war in Korea. How both sides attempted to influence the armistice talks through military actions. We also examine the accusation that the United States used biological weapons, the final negotiations of the…
65 - Stalemate and Negotiations
May 31 • 48 min
In this episode, we explore China’s last offensive to win the war and the opening of negotiations between the UN forces and the Communists. We also examine the contentious issue of POWs and how the issue extended the war.
64 - A Tale of Two Generals
May 14 • 51 min
In this episode, we examine the fall of MacArthur and the rise of General Matthew Ridgway. We explore the events of the Korean War in the Spring of 1951 through their inverse relationship. Reviewing the change to us strategy in the period, China’s failed…
63 - China rolls the Iron Dice
Apr 30 • 63 min
This episode we examine China’s decision to take a series of gambles in response to the US. First Mao gambles on entry into the war, shocking the Americans and pushing them back to the 38th, followed by Mao’s gamble that the weight of Chinese forces could…
62 - America Rolls the Iron Dice
Apr 14 • 55 min
In this episode, we examine MacArthur’s gamble at Inchon and the reversal of UN fortunes from retreat and defeat to attack and victory. We also examine the US decision to invade North Korea.
61 - Korean Blitzkrieg
Mar 31 • 68 min
This episode we examine the opening moves of the Korean War. The US enters the war and brings the issue to the United Nations. While North Korea attempts a Blitzkrieg campaign to win the war before the US arrives in sizeable numbers to stop them.
60 - Who Started the Korean War?
Mar 14 • 52 min
In this episode, we examine the question of who started the Korean War. Was it a clever trap laid by the Americans to justify defense spending in the Cold War? A CIA backed plot that went wrong or a series of mistakes and musculation by the superpowers…
59 - Prelude to the Korean War
Feb 14 • 58 min
Re-Recorded. Join us as we began our examination of the Korean War. In this episode, we outline a brief history of Korea leading up to the outbreak of the Korean War. We also examine how the failed US occupation contributed to the origins of the war.
Movie Review 5 - On the Beach
Jan 15 • 53 min
Jeff and Dave review the 1959 film On the Beach directed by Stanley Kramer
Movie Review 4 - Failsafe
Jan 1 • 42 min
Jeff and Dave review 1964 Sidney Lumet movie Failsafe.
Movie Review 3 - Dr. Strangelove
Dec 14, 2018 • 57 min
Jeff and Dave discuss the 1964 Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove
Movie Review 2 - The Cranes Are Flying
Dec 1, 2018 • 66 min
Join Jeff and Dave as they review the 1957 Soviet classic The Cranes are Flying by Mikhail Kalatozov.
Movie Review Episode 1 - Death of Stalin
Nov 15, 2018 • 55 min
Join Jeff and Dave as they review the dark comedy Death of Stalin.
Cold War Recap 1945 - 1950
Oct 31, 2018 • 50 min
A recap of the first 57 Episodes and the first 5 years of the Cold War.
57 - Cold War at Sea 1945 - 50
Oct 14, 2018 • 64 min
In this episode we examine how Navies developed over the first five years of the Cold War. We examine the Navies, ships, events and technology of the period.
56 - Air Power 1945 -50
Sep 30, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode we examine the development of air power 1945-1950. We examine from a high level the aircraft, events and air forces of the period.
55 - Land Warfare 1945 -50
Sep 14, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode we examine the weapons, strategy and tactics of the first five years of the Cold War. We look at advances in armor warfare and Guerrilla Warfare. We also examine tank development, the development of the AK 47 and more.
54 - Sino Soviet Alliance
Aug 31, 2018 • 55 min
In this episode we examine the rise and fall of the Sino-Soviet Alliance. One of the most important alliances of the Cold War. We explore how and why the alliance came to be and why it eventually split. We examine the role of its silent partners in the…
53 - Mao 1893 - 1949
Aug 14, 2018 • 61 min
In this episode we review the life of Mao Zedong one of the most controversial leaders of the twentieth century. Examining his life from his childhood and youth to his rise to power in the Chinese Communist Party.
52 - Chinese Civil War
Jul 31, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode we will examine the Communist victory over the Nationalists explaining how and why the Communists won. We will also examine the critical role that the United States and Soviet Union played in the closing stages of the war and how the…
51 - The War of Resistance - China in World War 2
Jul 14, 2018 • 70 min
In this episode we review the importance and impact of the Second Sino Japanese war and the larger impact of World War II on the Chinese Civil War. We examine how the Communists used the war to their advantage and how the war crippled the Nationalists and…
50 - China - Chinese Civil War 1923-1937
Jun 30, 2018 • 44 min
In this episode we examine the start of the Chinese Civil War between the Nationalists and The Chinese Communist Party. We also examine the rise of the two faction leaders Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek. We review the exile of the Chinese Communists to…
49 - China - Prelude to the Chinese Civil War
Jun 14, 2018 • 28 min
In this episode we will be examining the events leading up to the Chinese Civil War. The decline of the Qing Empire and China’s century of Humiliation. We explore the reasons why China declined as the leading power in the world and the political…
48 - Japan - Occupation
May 31, 2018 • 59 min
In this episode were going to examine how the actual occupation of Japan unfolded versus how it was planned by the Americans and anticipated by the Japanese. We examine how the US ran Japan and established a new Japanese government. The rise of PanPan…
47 - Japan - Prelude to Occupation
May 14, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode the factors that influenced the thinking around the American occupation of Japan, the plan around the occupation and the lead up to the occupation. Looking at the events that unfolded before the Americans arrived and the opening ceremonies…
46 - Japan - The Decline of the Imperial Empire
Apr 30, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode we examine the events leading up to the occupation of Japan. We review the forces which created Imperial Japan and the forces which led to its down fall in world war II.
Interview Episode 3 - Joes Segal from Wende Museum
Apr 14, 2018 • 44 min
Joes Segal, Chief Curator of the Wende Museum, joins Jeff to discuss the Wende Museum and Joes own historical work which focuses on art and culture and he provides many interesting insights on art during the Cold War. Join us for this fascinating look…
45 - The Power of the Mafia
Apr 1, 2018 • 50 min
In this episode we are going to cover the growth of the mob’s power and influence in the American economy and politics despite the end of prohibition and the Great Depression. We will look at efforts by law enforcement and politicians to contain the mob…
44 - Rise of the Mafia in the United States
Mar 14, 2018 • 32 min
In this episode we explore the origins of the American mafia and its influence on American politics in the early 20th century. We examine how immigration, prohibition and events in Europe led to the rise of American organized crime and how the Italian…
Interview Episode 2 - Odd Arne Westad FBA
Feb 28, 2018 • 21 min
Arne Westad, ST Lee Professor of US-Asia Relations at Harvard University, joins Jeff to discuss his new book The Cold War: A World History and weighing in on important questions surrounding the cold war. Join us for a discussion with one of the…
43 - Soviet Spy Master Lavrentiy Beria
Feb 14, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode we explore the complex cut throat politics of the Soviet Union and Beria’s subsequent rise and fall from power. We explore his early life and his role in Soviet politics. His role in World War II and his influence on the Cold War and the…
42 - American Spy Master J. Edgar Hoover
Jan 31, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode we examine the life of J. Edgar Hoover and his subsequent rise and fall in American politics. We look at the questions surrounding his sexuality. We examine the rumors around his racial background, was Hoover part black? We also explore…
41 - FBI or Federal Bureau of Investigations - in the early Cold War
Jan 14, 2018 • 83 min
In this episode we examine the origins of the FBI and the rise of J Edgar Hoover in American politics. We will also look at how the Cold War started for the FBI in 1917 and continued into the inter-war years. Finally, we chart the rise of the surveillance…
40 - NSA in the Early Cold War
Jan 1, 2018 • 50 min
In this episode we explore the origins of the NSA in the early Cold War. When did the US start to monitor Soviet communications Traffic ? Learn about Signals Intelligence’s complex relation with US democratic institutions and how work on breaking soviet…
39 - CIA - Early Cold War
Dec 14, 2017 • 62 min
Join us as we explore the origins of the CIA and its influence on the early Cold War. How was the CIA different from MI6 or the KGB ? Learn how Washington Politics influenced the structure and growth of the CIA. Finally learn about the early clandestine…
38 - World Bank and International Monetary Fund
Nov 30, 2017 • 48 min
In this episode we examine the creation of the IMF and World Bank. Why were these institutions formed ? How did these institutions shape the post Cold War World ? What was the Bretton woods system and how did it effect the world economy in the first half…
Interview Episode 1 - Daniele Bolelli from History on Fire Podcast
Nov 14, 2017 • 46 min
Join us in for our first interview with Daniele Bolelli host of the History on Fire Podcast. We talk a little about what’s new with the History on Fire and get Daniele’s views on the Cold War. We talk about the ideology of the period. His experience…
37 - United Nations 1945 - 50
Oct 31, 2017 • 57 min
In this episode we examine the founding of the United Nations and its role in the early Cold War. How did the League of Nations and World War II shape the UN ? Learn how the Soviet Union got three votes in the general assembly whereas other nations were…
36 - The First Arab- Israeli War - Cold War in Middle East
Oct 14, 2017 • 67 min
In this episode we examine the First Arab-Israeli war in the context of the Cold War. How did an Israel so outnumbered achieve victory? What was the Soviet Union’s role in the war? How did the war effect the Cold War?
35 - The Iran Crisis 1945-50 - Early Cold War in the Middle East
Sep 30, 2017 • 22 min
In this episode we examine the early Cold War in the Middle East from a general perspective and examine the first Crisis in the Middle East the Iran Crisis. Learn about the politics of the region ? How did the US become involved in the region and how were…
34 - Soviet Gulag
Sep 14, 2017 • 64 min
In this episode we discuss the infamous Soviet Gulag system. Did they serve a useful purpose? How harsh were the conditions? Why did they form in the first place? How do the Gulags compare to modern prison systems? We will answer these questions and more.
33 - The Soviet Empire 1944 - 1953
Aug 31, 2017 • 79 min
In this episode we examine the Soviet Empire during the early Cold War. What was the politics of the early Cold War ? What was happening in Eastern Europe and what was the Soviet Perspective of the early Cold War.
32 - Ho Chi Minh | General Giap - Cold War Biography
Aug 14, 2017 • 34 min
Join us this episode as we take a closer examination of Ho Chin Minh and General Võ Nguyên Giáp early lives leading up to the First Indo-China War. We look at Ho’s early life overseas and his rise to power in the communist party and how he subsequently…
31 - French Indo China War 1951-1954
Jul 31, 2017 • 76 min
In this episode the war in Indo-China intensifies. A new French general arrives to take command and the fighting escalates. What really happened at Dien Bien Phu ? How close did the Americans come to using atomic bombs to save the French and how did the…
31 - French Indo-China war 1945-50
Jul 14, 2017 • 69 min
In this episode we examine the first part of the struggle for Vietnamese Independence. What was France’s strategy in the post war to recolonize Indo-China. How did Britain play a role in starting the Vietnam war ? How did America come to aid the French in…
30 - France - Late French Empire 1945-56
Jun 30, 2017 • 58 min
In this episode we examine the late French Empire and its place in the Cold War and the growing decolonization movement . What was France’s plan for its empire in the post war world ? How did issues in domestic French politics affect the empire and wider…
29 - Hayek - Road to Serfdom
Jun 14, 2017 • 40 min
In this episode we examine the controversial book Road to Serfdom. Who was Hayek and what was the book Road to Serfdom all about ? How was the work viewed in the early cold war and how would it go on to effect the late Cold War ?
28 - Malaysia - The Malayan emergency Part II 1952-1960
May 31, 2017 • 50 min
Join us as we examine the second half of the Malaya Emergency 1952-1960. The Malayan Emergency is a forgotten chapter in the Cold War often overshadowed by The French Defeat in Indo-China and the Korean war. Its also a chapter in the Cold War where the…
28 - Malaysia - Malayan Emergency Part 1 1948 - 1951
May 14, 2017 • 63 min
In this episode we examine the early Malayan emergency. What did the emergency mean for the wider cold war?
27 - Kashmir - The first Indo - Pakistani War
Apr 30, 2017 • 39 min
In this episode we explore the first clash between India and Pakistan in the mountains of Kashmir. What was so important about this region and why did India and Pakistan fight a war over it ? How did the Kashmir conflict become involved in the wider Cold…
26 - India - The decline of the British Raj and rise of India
Apr 14, 2017 • 72 min
In this episode we examine the Indian movement for independence, the decline of the British Raj and early Cold War India and Pakistan. Why couldn’t Britain retain control of India, why didn’t India a strong democratic nation become an American ally in the…
25 - 1984
Mar 31, 2017 • 35 min
In this episode we examine our first cultural artifact from the Cold War the novel 1984. We will look at connections between 1984 and the Cold War. Who was George Orwell and what inspired him to write 1984 ? What are the similarities between Orwell’s 1984…
24 - British Intelligence 1945 - 50
Mar 14, 2017 • 35 min
In this episode British Intelligence in the early Cold War. What was happening beyond the Cambridge five ? What were Britain’s objectives vs the United States?
23 - The Late British Empire 1945 - 55
Feb 28, 2017 • 35 min
Join us as we examine the late British Empire in the Cold War. What was Britain’s position in the early Cold War? How did the British Empire try to stay relevant in the early Cold War? Did the Cold War ultimately hurt or help the British Empire ?
22 - The Rise of Indonesia 1945-49
Feb 14, 2017 • 32 min
Join us as we examine the the decline and fall of the Dutch East Indies and the Rise of Indonesia. How did small Holland come to rule a large island chain on the other side of the world ? Why did the Dutch East Indies fall and why didn’t Communism spread…
21 - Decolonization
Jan 31, 2017 • 48 min
How did Europe come to dominate the world? Why did Europe global dominance end ? How did the process of decolonization tie into the Cold War ?
20 - The Two Germanys 1945 - 1953
Jan 14, 2017 • 39 min
Join us as we examine the early history of East and West Germany. Why was Germany divided after the second World War? Why Couldn’t the Allies and Soviets come to an agreement about Germany ? Why did Germany become a central front in the Cold War ?
19 - Cold War in Scandinavia 1945-70
Dec 31, 2016 • 55 min
Join us as we examine the Cold War in Scandinavia. Why didn’t Finland join the Warsaw Pack ? Was Sweden a truly neutral state or a NATO satellite ? Were US nuclear arms secretly stored in Iceland and Greenland ?
18 - Cambridge Five
Dec 14, 2016 • 25 min
Join us this episode as we examine the Cambridge spy ring. Who were the Cambridge five ? Why did they betray their country and social class ? What was their impact on the early Cold War ? Learn all this and more!
17 - Soviet Atomic Bomb
Nov 30, 2016 • 45 min
In this episode we learn about the origins of the Soviet atomic bomb. How much did Soviet espionage help in building the Soviet atomic industry ? Why didn’t Germany produce an atomic bomb in world War II ? How did Soviet development of the atomic bomb…
16 - KGB
Nov 15, 2016 • 47 min
In this episode learn about the origins of the KGB. How did the Soviets develop so many spies and sources ? who were the spies in the Roosevelt administration ? How did the Soviets steal the A-bomb ?
15 - NATO
Oct 31, 2016 • 27 min
Join us as we explorer the origins of NATO and its early years. Why did nations such as Norway and Germany want to join NATO ? What were NATO’s early war plans and what was its stance around nuclear weapons ? What were the early political challenges that…
14 - Tito | Bevin
Oct 15, 2016 • 37 min
In this episode we will look at early leaders of the cold war. Who were they and what made them tick: Tito and Bevin.
13 - Molotov | Forestall
Sep 30, 2016 • 37 min
This episode we examine the lives of two of the most influential bureaucrats of the early Cold War Molotov Soviet Foreign Minister and James Forestall the first US secretary of defense. We will examine their meteoric rises to power in the 1920s and 1930s…
12 - 1948 Election Part III
Sep 14, 2016 • 26 min
In this episode were going to examine what was going with the Democrats and their convention. We will look at the rise of the dixiecrats in the South as a fourth party. The election itself and the aftermath…what happened to all these characters ? We will…
12 - 1948 Election Part II
Sep 1, 2016 • 30 min
In this episode we will be examining the Southern reaction to Truman’s Civil rights program, we will look at the Progressive party and what went wrong and why did it fail to attract more Americans? We will also take a closer examination of the Republican…
12 - 1948 Election Part 1
Aug 14, 2016 • 31 min
In this episode we will be exploring the 1948 election. What were the issues? who were the players? What were the American politics of the period and how would all of this affect the Cold War? And What are the Similarities and differences between today…
11 - Berlin Airlift Part II
Aug 1, 2016 • 28 min
Join us for part two of the Berlin Airlift. Learn about the logistics of the airlift and the politics involved. Find out who opposed the airlift and why? What was the happening in the city at this point? Finally, we review how the airlift affected the…
11 - Berlin Airlift Part I
Jul 15, 2016 • 30 min
Join as we explore Berlin in post 1945 and how and why the Berlin blockade started ? Why did the Soviets blockade the city and what did they hope to achieve ? Find out this and more!
10 - Cold War In The Mediterranean Part III
Jul 1, 2016 • 26 min
Join us in this episode as we examine a rarely looked at aspect of the Cold War, the cold war perspective from the perspective of Mediterranean. In this episode we will look at Albania, Greece, and Turkey. Why did Albania want to side with Stalin over…
10 - Cold War In The Mediterranean Part II
Jun 15, 2016 • 35 min
Join us in this episode as we examine a rarely looked at aspect of the Cold War, the cold war perspective from the perspective of Mediterranean. In this episode we will look at Italy including the CIA’s involvement in the new republics elections. We’ll…
10 - Cold War In The Mediterranean 1945 -50 Part I
May 31, 2016 • 34 min
In the next couple of episodes we will take a look at the early cold war perspective of The Mediterranean States. In this episode in particular will set the stage for the perspective of France and Spain, detailing their post war perspectives and how they…
9 - Marshall Plan
May 14, 2016 • 33 min
Join us as we examine the Marshall Plan and why it was deemed necessary after World War II. What were Americas motives? What were the affects? See how that one policy had a major impact on the Cold War and the world today.
8 - America Re - Arms 1945 - 50
Apr 30, 2016 • 31 min
America Re-Arms from 1945-50
7 - Capitalism Part III
Apr 14, 2016 • 27 min
In this episode we examined the social and cultural system of Western Capitalism. How was Capitalism structured in the Cold War and what were its origins?
7 - Capitalism Part II
Apr 1, 2016 • 33 min
In this episode we examined the social and cultural system of Western Capitalism. How was Capitalism structured in the Cold War and what were its origins?
7 - Capitalism Part I
Mar 15, 2016 • 33 min
In this episode we examined the social and cultural system of Western Capitalism. How was Capitalism structured in the Cold War and what were its origins?
6 - Truman | Attlee
Mar 1, 2016 • 30 min
In this episode we will look at early leaders of the cold war. Who were they and what made them tick: Truman and Attlee.
5 - Joseph Stalin
Feb 16, 2016 • 32 min
In this episode we will be looking at the early leaders of the cold war. Who were these men and what made them tick. Part 1 - Stalin
4 - Who Started the Cold War?
Feb 3, 2016 • 28 min
Who Started the Cold War? Could the Cold War have been avoided? Find out in episode 4 of The History of the Cold War Podcast
3 - Communist Ideology
Jan 20, 2016 • 24 min
We examine Communist Ideology before and during the cold war
2 - Geopolitical roots of the Cold War
Jan 5, 2016 • 28 min
Geopolitical roots that would define the Cold War
1 - Ideological roots of the Cold War
Dec 19, 2015 • 22 min
*Revised Episode 1 - The ideological roots of the Cold War. We explore the three major theories that led to the Cold War.
0 - Introduction of the host and the podcast
Dec 19, 2015 • 7 min
*Revised Episode 0 The History Of The Cold War Podcast - Episode 0. A brief Background about myself and an outline of the series.