Post-War Rebuilding and the Cold War: Crash Course European History #41

Sometimes, friendship isn’t forever. At the conclusion of World War II, the old structures of power were a shambles. The traditional European powers were greatly weakened by years of total war and widespread destruction. The USSR was looking to expand its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe, and at the same time, the United StatesContinue reading “Post-War Rebuilding and the Cold War: Crash Course European History #41”

Russia will act if Nato countries cross Ukraine ‘red lines’, Putin says

Deployment of weapons or troops in Ukraine by Nato would trigger strong response, Russian president says Vladimir Putin has warned Nato countries that deploying weapons or soldiers to Ukraine would cross a “red line” for Russia and trigger a strong response, including a potential deployment of Russian missiles targeting Europe. Nato countries have warned PutinContinue reading “Russia will act if Nato countries cross Ukraine ‘red lines’, Putin says”

George HW Bush and the End of the Cold War: Crash Course US History #44

In which John Green teaches you about the end of the Cold War and the presidency of George H.W. Bush. It was neither the best of times, nor the worst of times. On the domestic front, the first president Bush inherited the relative prosperity of the later Reagan years, and watched that prosperity evaporate. ThatContinue reading “George HW Bush and the End of the Cold War: Crash Course US History #44”

Stalin’s Doctor’s Plot: The Paranoid Conspiracy against the Soviet Jews – The Cold War

Our historical documentary series on the history of the Cold War continues with an animated video on the Doctor’s Plot – as the Soviet leader Stalin suddenly decides that there is a plot of Jewish Doctors against him and starts persecuting them.

The 1960s in America: Crash Course US History #40

In which John Green teaches you about a time of relative tumult in the United States, the 1960s. America was changing rapidly in the 1960s, and rights movements were at the forefront of those changes. Civil Rights were dominant, but the 60s also saw growth in the Women’s Movement, the LGBT rights movement, the LatinoContinue reading “The 1960s in America: Crash Course US History #40”

The Cold War in Asia: Crash Course US History #38

In which John Green teaches you about the Cold War as it unfolded in Asia. As John pointed out last week, the Cold War was occasionally hot, and a lot of that heat was generated in Asia. This is starting to sound weird with the hot/cold thing, so let’s just say that the United StatesContinue reading “The Cold War in Asia: Crash Course US History #38”

UN Chief: We must avoid US/China ‘cold war’ – AP

Warning of a potential new Cold War, the head of the United Nations implored China and the United States to repair their “completely dysfunctional” relationship before problems between the two large and deeply influential countries spill over even further into the rest of the planet.

The Cold War: Crash Course US History #37

In which John Green teaches you about the Cold War, which was the decades long conflict between the USA and the USSR. The Cold War was called cold because of the lack of actual fighting, but this is inaccurate. There was plenty of fighting, from Korea to Viet Nam to Afghanistan, but we’ll get intoContinue reading “The Cold War: Crash Course US History #37”

U.S. Forces Were Training the Guinean Soldiers Who Took Off to Stage a Coup

American military officials have denounced the ouster of a president in West Africa, and said they had no warning of what their students were planning. American Green Berets were training local forces in the West African nation of Guinea last weekend when their charges peeled away for a mission not listed in any military trainingContinue reading “U.S. Forces Were Training the Guinean Soldiers Who Took Off to Stage a Coup”

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