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The Division of Germany

Today we’re looking at the division of Germany immediately following WWII.  This is significant because, well, it will ultimately end up as the major fault line and focal point of the Cold War.  Germany will truly be where East meets West in the world going forward. In this episode we …

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The story of one of the most famous songs of Russia (and the world, really) is very similar to that of Alexander Nevsky.   This song is remarkably unpolitical, which leads us to ask if it’s a sign of things to come for the USSR – will they abandon revolutionary …

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Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Cold War

We’re right around the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki…and every year at this time the moral debate of whether or not it was ok to nuke Japan in order to (potentially) forego an invasion of mainland Japan and save hundreds of thousands of American lives. …

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Bretton Woods Conference and Agreement

As the war was winding down, members from all 44 allied nations met in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire to discuss the postwar economic order.   Over the course of three weeks, they hammered out the details on creating the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the precursor to the World Bank (the …

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