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    Cold War Jazz Diplomacy in Africa

    U.S. Air Force Academy instructor Captain Jeffrey Copeland talked about the use of American Jazz musicians as State Department-sponsored “ambassadors” in Africa during the Cold War. He…

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    Origins of the Cold War

    Professor David Dalton talked about the origins of the Cold War following the end of World War II. This was from an American history survey course that covers colonization to the present.

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    Cold War Educational Film

    Professor Karen Rader talked about mid-20th century educational films used to teach students about nuclear warfare and science. During the Cold War, policymakers feared the U.S. population…

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    Ronald Reagan, Tom Clancy, and National Security

    Captain Benjamin Griffin talked about the influence that author Tom Clancy and President Ronald Reagan had on one another in the 1980s as the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union…

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    U.S. Atomic War Plans from 1945-1950

    Professor John Curatola talked about his book, Bigger Bombs for a Brighter Tomorrow: The Strategic Air Command and American War Plans at the Dawn of the Atomic Age, 1945-1950. Professor…

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    Cold War U.S. and Soviet Aid to India

    Professor David Engerman talked about the development aid directed to India by both the U.S. and Soviet Union in a Cold War competition to better relations with that country. Professor…

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    The End of the Cold War

    Robert Service talked about his book The End of the Cold War: 1985-1991, in which he looks at the final years of the Cold War from both the U.S. and Soviet perspectives.

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    U.S. Strategy During the Cold War

    Historian Fredrik Logevall spoke about U.S. Cold War strategy. Professor Logevall argued that many American leaders used alarmist and excessively militant strategies to combat communism, despite what he said was a…

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    Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

    Jeremy Black talked about the role of President Dwight D. Eisenhower during the Cold War. He argued that the origins of the Cold War date back to World War I and challenged some general…

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    Foreign Intervention in Africa During the Cold War

    Elizabeth Schmidt talked about how foreign intervention influenced emerging nations in Africa during the Cold War. She spoke about how former colonial powers dealt with these countries as they gained…

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    U.S.-Japan Military Strategies in the Pacific

    Scholars of naval and Asian affairs spoke about Cold War cooperation between the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Navy and their efforts to protect Japan from the pressures of…

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    Major Rudolph Anderson and the Cuban Missile Crisis

    Professor Courtney Tollison Hartness talked about Major Rudolph Anderson, Jr., the only fatality of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and explained how Major Anderson’s death may have saved millions of lives.…

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    Trial of Soviet Spy Rudolph Abel

    Scholars talked about the events surrounding the trial of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and how accurately they were portrayed in Steven Spielberg’s film, Bridge of Spies. The film is the story of…

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    Soldier in France

    This portion of a 1955 U.S. Army Big Picture episode reports on soldiers stationed in France during the Cold War and includes a description of their activities during breaks from official…

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    Cold War Submarines

    Captain Alfred McLaren (Retired) talked about his almost thirty year naval career, during which he took part in over 20 Cold War submarine operations, including patrolling in a nuclear…

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    Cold War Modernists

    Greg Barnhisel talked about his book, Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy.

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    The Billion Dollar Spy

    David Hoffman talked about his book, The Billion Dollar Spy: A true Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal, about Adolf Tolkachev, a Russian engineer who worked for the Soviet military…

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    Robert Service Conversation with George Shultz

    Historian Robert Service spoke with former Secretary of State George Shultz about the final years of the Cold War. Mr. Shultz served in the Reagan administration from 1982-1989. The…

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    Postwar Society and the Cold War

    Masuda Hajimu, author of Cold War Crucible: the Korean Conflict and the Postwar World, talked about the political climate surrounding the Cold War. He spoke about how the Korean War period…

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    Cold War Nuclear Arms Race

    Virginia Commonwealth University instructor Christopher Saladino talked about the competition between the U.S and the Soviet Union (USSR) to build advanced nuclear weaponry. He described…

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