Cold War: Stories from the Big Freeze

This BBC radio series of oral histories was excellent and not only because the estimable Bridget Kendall presented it.  Each programme is a short exploration of one episode from the early years of the Cold War using interviews with people involved. Use is also made of archive recordings.

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The series covers events from 1946 until 1962.  I understand that a further set of programmes covering the 60s to 80s will be broadcast next year.

This is the type of programme the BBC does so well: short but informative with space for the people involved to offer reasoned judgements with the benefit of hindsight.  Indeed, this is a series that is only possible now that the Cold War has ended.

The obvious episodes are here, including the Berlin Air Lift, the Korean War and Hungary 1956, but there are also aspects of the era I was less informed about such as how important the Greek Civil War was to both sides and how worried America and its allies were (including the Catholic church) over the 1948 election in Italy when the Communists looked close to victory in democratic elections.

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These are fascinating programmes. They are in my hinterland.  What’s in yours?

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