Cold War Archive

Epitaph of Fear: The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am

The Iron Curtain across Europe Winston Churchill described was metaphorical rather than physical, at least at the time he made his famous speech. The divide between East and West had become an ideological conflict, Capitalism versus Communism. The defeated Germany was occupied by the Allies of the United States, United Kingdom, France, and the Soviet Union. Furthermore, Germany was organized into two states, the Federal Republic of Germany in the west, and the German Democratic Republic in the east. Along with this, Berlin found itself two separate entities.

Millions of people fled west to avoid falling under the brutal suppression the Soviets had become known for. This resulted in nearly 20% of the GDR's population falling, which included a large number of the country's intellectual population. It was soon clear to the politburo this could not continued. Seemingly overnight in August 1961, the Berlin Wall was erected. With it, the Iron Curtain had a physical representation.

Intro:

Sinews of Peace, Winston Churchill

Outro:

Looking for Freedom, David Hasselhoff

Filed under Pan Historia, Political History, Military History, European, Cold War ·

The Silent Service: A History of Submarine Warfare

August 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Deep in the ocean stalks a hidden hunter, virtually undetected and silent. Within, its crew works away, cramped, having not seen the sun in weeks. The crew drives blind through the depths, with only a pinging sonar available to aid navigation. They lay down there, waiting for the possibility to strike.

Submarines have had a long history behind them, one which is seldom talked about except for blockbuster films from Das Boot to Hunt for Red October. Today, Pan Historia dives into a brief, but detailed history of Submarine Warfare.

Intro: Theme from Crimson Tide

Outro: In the Navy by The Village People

Filed under Pan Historia, Canada, Military History, European, Cold War, United States, Disasters ·

One Giant Leap: The Apollo 11 Mission

July 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am

“Distance is but a relative expression, and must end by being reduced to zero.” 
― Jules Verne, From the Earth to the Moon

Since the dawn of humanity, people have been interested in the cosmos. Of particular interest was Earth's closest wanderer: the Moon. Following the Second World War, the Americans and Soviets went head to head in a rivalry over ideology, power, influence, and technology. With the brilliant Sergei Koralev at the helm, the Soviets succeeded in launching the first human-made satellite, and even the first human into space. However, the Americans had their own genius named Wernher von Braun. With his expertise, the Americans were able to quickly catch up. Pretty soon, both superpowers eyed what was seen as the big prize. On July 16, 1969, three Americans launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and into the books of history.

Filed under Pan Historia, Political History, Cold War, Science, Space Travel ·

The History of the United Nations

May 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am

On October 24, 1945, the countries of France, United Kingdom, Soviet Union, United States, and the Republic of China ratified a charter, officially organizing the United Nations. The purpose of the organization is to bring governments together in order to promote and maintain global peace and security. Since its beginnings, the UN has had both success and failure, praise and criticism. Today, 193 states are members of the organization, with hundreds more non-member observers, intergovernmental organizations, and other organizations. This week, Lyndsay and Jonah discuss both the history and functions of the many bodies and organs of the United Nations.

 

Music:

Hymn of the United Nations

Warmth Feeling by Samashi

Filed under Pan Historia, Political History, Cold War, Other ·

Episode 6, Part 1: The Decline of Yugoslavia and the Ten-Day War

September 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am

At the beginning of the 20th Century, the Balkans were a powder keg waiting to go off. A spark from a gunman's bullet in Sarajevo ignited the inferno that was First World War. The embers of the conflict in turn fuelled the Second World War, history's deadliest conflict. By the latter's end, the world was changed, as were the Balkans. Under the facade of a slavic union, unseen embers were beginning to glow again. As the 20th Century came to a close, the Balkans would once again ignite into the last great conflict of those 100 years. The consequences of a dying Yugoslavia would ripple across the world, and the first shots would be fired in the country of Slovenia.

This is the beginning of a conflict which would see evils we hoped were long behind us……ones we failed to prevent, and stop.

Music: Hej, Slaveni (Yugoslavia's national anthem, 1945-1992)

Filed under Pan Historia, Military History, European, Cold War ·

Episode 1: The Korean War

June 3, 2018 @ 10:18 pm

The Second World War has come to a close, the world has found itself divided on a new level. Much of Europe lays in ruins, the last Empires are collapsing, and two new players have entered the fray: the Eagle and the Bear. The two began to scramble for global influence, taking advantage of both the battle wounded states desparate to rebuild, and new states stuggling to take their first steps. For the first half-decade, the eyes of the world were focused on Europe, a continent divided by an Iron Curtain between Western Democracies and Eastern Communist states. On the other side of the globe, however, was a second divide, not between East and West, but North and South. The Korean Pennisula was experience a tension stretching closer to the breaking point, and yet no one was watching. Then, on July 25, 1950, Communist forces of the North invaded the faux-Democratic Dictatorship of the South. Suddenly, the world was watching, and both American and Soviet forces (with their respective allies) decended into the conflict, the first war of the Cold War, tragically nicknamed The Forgotten War.

Filed under Pan Historia, Political History, Military History, Cold War ·

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