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Cold War

The global superpower stand-off that brought the world to the brink of destruction.

BBC Two's new Cold War Season explores the cultural and political impact of a conflict that divided the world.

The Korean War 1950 - 1953

The Korean War: An Overview

Discover how the Cold War turned hot for the first time, on the Korean peninsula in the early 1950s.

Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis 1962

John F Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis

The US president's role in the stand-off that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. By Professor Ernest R May.

Weapons of the Cold War

The Cambridge Spies

The story of one of the most damaging spy rings in British history - and the astonishing reason they weren't more effective.

The Fall of the Soviet Union 1985 - 1991

Reform, Coup and Collapse: The End of the Soviet State

The reforms, rebellions and political machinations behind the dramatic collapse of the Soviet Union. By Professor Archie Brown

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