Cold War Cast http://www.coldwarcast.com The history of the Cold War with Ryan Lewellin Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:56:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 https://i2.wp.com/www.coldwarcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-Podcast-Logo-Final.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Cold War Cast http://www.coldwarcast.com 32 32 Ryan Lewellin chronicles the history of the Cold War starting from the ideological roots of the conflict all the way to the present day and how the Cold War has impacted current events. This podcast places a special emphasis on telling the story of the conflict through the pop culture of the time. Cold War Cast clean Cold War Cast elrhino0311@yahoo.com elrhino0311@yahoo.com (Cold War Cast) The history of the Cold War with Ryan Lewellin Cold War Cast http://www.coldwarcast.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Podcast_Logo_Final.jpg http://www.coldwarcast.com 113959433 The Third Man (1949) http://www.coldwarcast.com/the-third-man-1949/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/the-third-man-1949/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:55:29 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=364 The Third Man isn’t a film about the Cold War, but it’s a film with the Cold War as the backdrop.  This film is technically amazing and usually makes “greatest films of all time lists” of various stripes.   Tonight we talk a little bit about postwar Vienna, the setting of the film, and a few of the Cold War themes I found within the film.  I also touch on some of the technical things I liked about the film.  If you haven’t checked it out alright, I hope you do because this is a really good movie.

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http://www.coldwarcast.com/the-third-man-1949/feed/ 0 The Third Man isn’t a film about the Cold War, but it’s a film with the Cold War as the backdrop.  This film is technically amazing and usually makes “greatest films of all time lists” of various stripes.   Tonight we talk a little bit about postwar Vi... The Third Man isn’t a film about the Cold War, but it’s a film with the Cold War as the backdrop.  This film is technically amazing and usually makes “greatest films of all time lists” of various stripes.   Tonight we talk a little bit about postwar Vienna, the setting of the film, and a … Cold War Cast clean 19:47 364
Tito-Stalin Split http://www.coldwarcast.com/tito-stalin-split/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/tito-stalin-split/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:12:29 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=358 In the early years of the fledgling communist bloc, Yugoslavia decides to march to the beat of her own drum.  After all, they did liberate themselves so who is Stalin to tell Tito what to do???  Stalin saw Tito and Yugoslavia as a “loose cannon” they could draw them into a war with the West…and if they were going to do that, they’d want to do it on their own terms, not Tito’s.

Ultimately Tito ended up taking Yugoslavia on a third path, still communist but embracing certain aspects of western liberalism/capitalism.   He was able to leverage his defiance of the USSR with the West to help with economic development.  Pretty smart guy, really.

In this episode we talk a little bit about Yugoslavia’s history, Tito’s history and discuss the rift between the two countries from each perspective, as well as how it was received in the West.

 

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Czech Coup of 1948 http://www.coldwarcast.com/czech-coup-of-1948/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/czech-coup-of-1948/#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:10:43 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=351  

 

Well, Czechoslovakia was supposed to be the feel-good country of the 20th Century but it didn’t quite work out that way, as it was invaded by the Nazis, enjoyed a couple years of uneasy freedom and then flipped to the commies in 1948.  In this episode I discuss a little bit about Czech history and put the events of the Czech Coup in context of the greater Cold War.   This incident caused a flurry of activity in the Western world that had a big impact on Western ideas of security – namely they start talking about NATO at this point.  Enjoy.

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Cominform http://www.coldwarcast.com/cominform/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/cominform/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:20:35 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=343 Cominform was the “Communist Information Bureau” that Stalin kicked into existence as a response to the Marshall Plan.   Although it didn’t really have any teeth, the organization was significant in that what it represented – a bloc forming rather than a broad, sweeping communist movement.   The Communist Parties of the nations involved would more or less become the Warsaw Pact nations with the addition of the French and Italian commies, who they wanted to run interference on the Marshall Plan in the west.   In their first meeting, they issued a report with five points as a direct response to the way things where shaping in the West.

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Welcome Survival Podcast Listeners! http://www.coldwarcast.com/welcome-survival-podcast-listeners/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/welcome-survival-podcast-listeners/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:48:21 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=337 Welcome! I had a great time talking with Jack today, here’s a few links to some of the things we talked about:

The Day After

A film version of 1984.  Maybe it’s not as good as the book,  but it’ll do in a pinch.

1984

Red Dawn

Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

 

here are a few of my favorite episodes of the podcast:

The Communist Manifesto: Let’s Get The Party Started

The Battleship Potemkin

Kaytusha

Alexander Nevsky

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Cold War

Animal Farm by George Orwell

 

Here’s a link to my book on Amazon, Wolverines:  Reflections on Red Dawn

…and here I am on iTunes

you can email me at Ryan@coldwarcast.com

or find my social media here:

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Facebook

Twitter

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Patreon

YouTube

I also have a loose leaf tea company that makes a lot of different herbal tea blends, including “Jack’s Blend”, the peppermint, green tea, lemon balm, chamomile and lemongrass blend he’s talked about a few times on the show.   Check us out here.

Thank you for listening and coming to check out the show!   We’re in an exciting part of the Cold War timeline, so I hope you’ll stick around.

 

-Ryan

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Cuban Shortwave Spy Numbers Stations http://www.coldwarcast.com/cuban-shortwave-spy-numbers-stations/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/cuban-shortwave-spy-numbers-stations/#respond Sat, 13 Jan 2018 22:19:38 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=333 I thought tonight we’d talk about something kind of fun and off our timeline. Although the Cold War has been history for almost two decades, a part of it still rages on the airwaves around us – the Cuban intelligence service sending coded messages to their operatives within the United States via shortwave radio. This cryptic broadcast of out-of-this world tones and a robotic female voice reading off four number combinations harkens back to the days of Cold War espionage.

Shortwave radio has taken a beating since, well, the end of the Cold War, but it played an important role in disseminating propaganda (or “information”, depending on your perspective) to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get it. The beauty of radio is that there’s no way of detecting that radio waves had been received – as long as you maybe cleared your dial when you were done listening and didn’t get caught in the act of listening, there was no trail left.

Although shortwave has largely been beat out by the rise of the internet and access to the web, radio has an advantage over the internet in that there’s no way to trace if radio waves had been received. While it may seem counterintuitive for Cuba to send their secret messages out on such a broad platform, the only thing the United States can really tell from the fact that they send the messages is that they (probably) have operatives within the United States and physically where the message is transmitted (which tells us nothing other than it’s from Cuba). That’s it. We can’t tell *who* it’s being sent to, because it’s sent to damn near everyone in the US. We also can’t tell who is listening for the previously mentioned reasons.

If our intelligence agencies intercepted a message through a different medium, they would probably be able to determine much more information about who the message was intended for. So shortwave is kind of a cool, low-tech workaround in today’s high-tech world.

Cuba isn’t the only country that uses spy numbers stations. There are others that still do and ones that historically did. There’s a famous one by the MI5 that broadcasts out of Cyprus.

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For us, fans of Cold War history, there’s a lot going on in this film that makes it worth checking out.   We get an idea of how we (the West) saw ourselves and our relationship with the USSR at the moment.   It also gives some good insight on how the commies could infiltrate society by taking advantage of our best intentions – some of the people who get wrapped up in the plot you feel more sorry for than others.

I thought this would be something of a throwaway film to cash in on the spirit of the times when I first heard of it, but I actually ended up liking this, even if it is a little over the top in the propaganda department.   Is this the first spy/espionage film of the Cold War?  I think so.
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The Marshall Plan http://www.coldwarcast.com/the-marshall-plan/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/the-marshall-plan/#respond Wed, 03 Jan 2018 05:17:40 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=302  

I’m back and ready to jump back in on our timeline.  Today we’re talking about the Marshall Plan, an ambitious program of loans, grants and technical assistance to war-torn Europe in order to jump start their economy.   The United States was looking to bolster overseas markets for American goods and most importantly, keep the Reds out of the rest of Europe.  If we could help foster stability through economic stimulus, communism wouldn’t find the right conditions to grow.

I’ve got a bit of a sore throat/cold in this episode, so please bear with me!  I put the episode off a day or so and didn’t want to wait any longer and let it get away from me.

 

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http://www.coldwarcast.com/the-marshall-plan/feed/ 0   I’m back and ready to jump back in on our timeline.  Today we’re talking about the Marshall Plan, an ambitious program of loans, grants and technical assistance to war-torn Europe in order to jump start their economy.   I’m back and ready to jump back in on our timeline.  Today we’re talking about the Marshall Plan, an ambitious program of loans, grants and technical assistance to war-torn Europe in order to jump start their economy.   The United States was looking to bolster overseas markets for American goods and most importantly, keep … Cold War Cast clean 31:51 302
Rearming and Refitting: An Update On The Podcast http://www.coldwarcast.com/rearming-and-refitting-an-update-on-the-podcast/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/rearming-and-refitting-an-update-on-the-podcast/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:09:37 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=297 It’s been a while since I’ve been on – I’ve been very busy with my business, www.reddragonherbs.net.  Things will calm down after the holidays and I’ll be ready to resume the podcast and expand it with more social media activity.   I figure as the pop culture of the times change, it’s going to be hard to talk about a photograph, painting, cartoon, etc. on a podcast and I’m going to be better off tackling those things as text/photo or video.   So I’m going to take some time to map out the future, learn a few technical things and of course spend some quality time with the family during the holidays.

Also, a huge announcement – I’ll be on www.thesurvivalpodcast.com next month to talk about Red Dawn, 1984 and The Day After!  This is a huge opportunity for us.

I’ll be using facebook and twitter, but I think we’re going to really stake our claim on minds.com, which I think has a strong future ahead of it as the big boys in social media start to slip and drive off small content producers.   www.minds.com/coldwarcast is the link to my page.

That’s all I have for now.  I’ll come back in a few short weeks with what I’ve come up with and we’ll start back up from there.   Have a merry Christmas and happy new year, everyone.

 

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Greek Civil War, Turkish Straits Crisis and the Truman Doctrine http://www.coldwarcast.com/greek-civil-war-turkish-straits-crisis-and-the-truman-doctrine/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/greek-civil-war-turkish-straits-crisis-and-the-truman-doctrine/#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:45:58 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=293 There’s a lot going on in this episode in the immediate aftermath of WWII… The commies are looking like they’re going to gain control in Greece and the Soviet Union is trying to reach her tentacles out into Turkey, which would put the communist world at a big strategic advantage in the Middle East.

In this episode we have a mile-high discussion on the Greek Civil War, discuss the strategic importance of the Turkish Straits and how President Truman’s reaction of sending cash laid the foundation for American foreign policy during the Cold War and beyond.

A couple interesting observations –

The story of Greek communist partisans sounds a lot like the stories of communist partisans in SE Asia that we’ll talk about shortly.

…and to really understand the Turkish straits crisis, we have to take into consideration Stalin’s desire to exceed the Czar(s).   In Russia the traditional name for today’s “Istanbul” is “Tsargrad” – city of the Czar.   You know Zozo’s imagination ran wild with that prospect…

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Operation Crossroads and the Bikini http://www.coldwarcast.com/operation-crossroads-and-the-bikini/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/operation-crossroads-and-the-bikini/#respond Wed, 01 Nov 2017 05:34:51 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=286 In June of 1946 the US Navy tested two atomic bombs on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in order to test how well a navy would withstand an atomic attack – or were they projecting force to intimidate the USSR?  With 46,000 men involved and 90 surplus ships as targets (and tens of thousands of animals…) it seems like a real waste of resources.  Did they invite the media in order to get this back to the Soviets?

Meanwhile in France, inspired by the atomic testing, a designer creates a teeny swimsuit and names it the “bikini” because it’s “small and devastating, like the atomic bomb’.

This shows how far the atomic bomb seemed into the collective consciousness in the dawning of the atomic age.  I also can’t help but to think that the demonstration of god-like abilities to create a weapon like this, and the potential for god-like applications of the weapon (i.e. wiping everyone out in one fell swoop) *helped* lead to the social conditions that made the bikini possible.

Here’s Bikini Atoll:

Here’s an original bikini:

 

 

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http://www.coldwarcast.com/operation-crossroads-and-the-bikini/feed/ 0 In June of 1946 the US Navy tested two atomic bombs on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in order to test how well a navy would withstand an atomic attack – or were they projecting force to intimidate the USSR?  With 46, In June of 1946 the US Navy tested two atomic bombs on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in order to test how well a navy would withstand an atomic attack – or were they projecting force to intimidate the USSR?  With 46,000 men involved and 90 surplus ships as targets (and tens of thousands … Cold War Cast clean 32:09 286
Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” Speech http://www.coldwarcast.com/winston-churchills-iron-curtain-speech/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/winston-churchills-iron-curtain-speech/#respond Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:58:51 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=282 …Or more accurately, the “Sinews of Peace” speech.  In 1946 Winston Churchill, along with President Truman, traveled to Westminster College in Fulton, MO to deliver a speech.  This speech came on the heels of George Kennan’s “Long Telegram” and basically served as a commitment from Great Britain to the idea of containment of the Soviet Union.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the speech is the idea of a multinational front against the Soviet Union as he pushes for a stronger alliance between the US and UK and even the idea of NATO without actually mentioning NATO.

As you can imagine, it wasn’t received well in Moscow.  Stalin scoffed at a country at the helm of an empire lecturing them on a human rights, democracy, etc.  and reiterated the idea of a buffer zone between the USSR and Germany (and now “the West”, although not specifically stated).   It also wasn’t very well received in the West, where many pundits were wary of alliances under the ploy of propping up the declining British Empire or general fanning the flames of conflict with our old friend/new enemy, the USSR.

In this episode I cover some of the background and read the final 1/3 or so of the speech.  I stumble a few times, please bare with me!

Here’s the whole speech

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George Kennan and the Long Telegram http://www.coldwarcast.com/george-kennan-and-the-long-telegram/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/george-kennan-and-the-long-telegram/#respond Mon, 02 Oct 2017 16:03:17 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=278 George Kennan was a real cold warrior – at least at the very beginnings of the Cold War.  His Long Telegram and “X Article”/”Sources of Soviet Conduct” were key documents of the period that greatly influenced thinking.   In this episode I talk a little bit about Kennan’s career and the significance of these two documents.  Long story short, he correctly predicted how the Cold War would be “fought” and pushed the idea of containment against our foe who believed that they had time on their side.

Here’s links to the text of both:
Long Telegram

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On Guerrilla Warfare by Mao Zedong http://www.coldwarcast.com/on-guerrilla-warfare-by-mao-zedong/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/on-guerrilla-warfare-by-mao-zedong/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:16:58 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=274 This 1937 book is one of the most important philosophical works of the Cold War in my opinion because Mao Zedong breathed life into communism as an ideology by making it more recognizable to the third world – replace the bourgeoisie with the landlord and imperial occupiers and the urban proletarian with the peasant farmer.

One of the most important ideas that Mao helped to spread in the post WWII climate was the idea that with the right political motivation and adopting the right tactics, a dedicated peasantry could stand against the seemingly overwhelming power of richer and more industrialized juggernauts in the world.   This was particularly important as more and more colonized nations began to clamor for independence in the aftermath of the war for various reasons.

On Guerrilla Warfare provided a lot of inspiration towards making nationalist aspirations a reality for many people around the world.  Of course Mao turned out to be a real “bad hombre” when he got to sit in the captain’s chair in China, but we’ll talk about that when we get there.

Also in this episode I talk about my experiences as a US Marine getting Mao’s philosophy applied to me in Iraq.   Good times.

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You and the Atom Bomb by George Orwell http://www.coldwarcast.com/you-and-the-atom-bomb-by-george-orwell/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/you-and-the-atom-bomb-by-george-orwell/#respond Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:14:48 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=269 Today we’re looking at an essay from October of 1945 by George Orwell called “You and the Atom Bomb”.  In this essay Orwell speculates on the future of the world and gets a few things right and is off target on a few other things, either way it’s good insight into the times from one of the brightest minds of the early Cold War period.

He also uses the term “cold war” in this essay, before Bernard Baruch did in 1947 who gets official credit for coining the term “cold war”.

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The Division of Germany http://www.coldwarcast.com/the-division-of-germany/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/the-division-of-germany/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:07:50 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=263 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 will just look at the division of Germany from the perspective of why the allied powers would want to occupy Germany and the motivations/hopes of each country involved.  Obviously there’s a very long story to be told about Germany’s time divided during the Cold War, but we’re only going to look at it as a snapshot of the time when it was put into action.

 

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Katyusha http://www.coldwarcast.com/katyusha/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/katyusha/#respond Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:55:48 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=257 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 zeal in favor of more gut level things like self-interest, a style of civic nationalism and bureaucracy – all the things necessary to run a world power!

The song itself is a very good one, I think.   It would touch fighting men at the front and also those back home.  There’s a reason why it remains one of the most beloved songs from the USSR and that era.

I also think it’s interesting that if you tweak the lyrics a bit it could easily work for pretty much any country at war.

Enjoy this notably apolitical song about a girl longing for her man at the front.

And as promised, here’s my hockey team’s new logo:

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http://www.coldwarcast.com/katyusha/feed/ 0 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 revo... 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 zeal in favor of more … Cold War Cast clean 23:21 257
Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Cold War http://www.coldwarcast.com/hiroshima-nagasaki-and-the-cold-war/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/hiroshima-nagasaki-and-the-cold-war/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 04:44:24 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=248 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.

There’s more to the story though – when you look at the bigger picture, it appears as if the decision to use the atomic bomb had the Soviet Union in mind just as much as Japan.   The USSR had made it clear to Team West that they had different ideas on the postwar world order and the wartime alliance began to fall about pretty much as soon as the guns went silent in Europe.  Truman and Churchill were worried about potential Soviet expansion in Europe and Asia and no one had the stomach to check Soviet designs on Eastern Europe with force.   Showing Stalin that we had a weapon like the atomic bomb and the will to use it sent a clear signal to the USSR that they should tread lightly.

Also, the timing of the bomb is coincidentally immediately before the Soviet Union agreed to declare war on Japan.   Did the United States expedite the bombing in an attempt to get Japan to surrender before the Soviet entry and potentially keep them out of the Pacific theater in postwar dealings?   I think so.

Relevant episodes:   Manhattan Project  Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam.   Stalin.  Russo-Japanese War

 Pearl Harbor part II: Toppling Sleeping Giants

 

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http://www.coldwarcast.com/hiroshima-nagasaki-and-the-cold-war/feed/ 0 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 hundr... 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. There’s more to the story … Cold War Cast clean 42:03 248
Bretton Woods Conference and Agreement http://www.coldwarcast.com/bretton-woods-conference-and-agreement/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/bretton-woods-conference-and-agreement/#respond Fri, 04 Aug 2017 05:45:16 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=238 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 International Bank of Reconstruction and Development), advocated for free trade and pegged currencies to the US dollar….which was then pegged to gold at $35 per ounce.

The Cold War implications of this conference are huge.   For one, it acknowledged the United States as the world’s economic superpower.   It also probably loosened up the strangle of colonialism, which will be a big Cold War flashpoint….and as intended, it did help create the conditions for Western Europe’s impressive reconstruction.   I think the most important thing it did as far as the Cold War goes is create one institutional thread that bound the “free world” together, just like NATO did.   Enjoy the show and if you have any questions hit me up at ryan@coldwarcast.com

Also, sorry for the delay!  My laptop broke and I missed a couple of windows I had to record.   Hopefully it won’t happen again…

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http://www.coldwarcast.com/bretton-woods-conference-and-agreement/feed/ 0 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)... 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 International Bank of Reconstruction and … Cold War Cast clean 32:55 238
The Manhattan Project http://www.coldwarcast.com/the-manhattan-project/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/the-manhattan-project/#respond Sun, 16 Jul 2017 05:01:47 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=233 The Manhattan Project was a top secret collaboration between the US government and the civilian scientific community to take the theory of an atomic bomb into reality.   Spoiler alert – it worked.  This program was one of the most remarkable scientific achievements in history, especially considering it was pulled off during a time of scarcity in the world.  The fact that we had the resources to pull it off and didn’t have to worry about immediate threats like Germany, USSR, Japan and the UK will be one of the keys to success for this program as well as prosperity going forward in the USA.

The story of the Manhattan Project is a really cool one.  In this episode we don’t touch on all the details, but give an overview of the scope and implications of the program, as well as some observations that place it into the bigger picture of the Cold War, as always.

I hinted towards this book on the show by Steve Sheinkin, which was really good, especially considering it was geared towards a younger audience.

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http://www.coldwarcast.com/the-manhattan-project/feed/ 0 The Manhattan Project was a top secret collaboration between the US government and the civilian scientific community to take the theory of an atomic bomb into reality.   Spoiler alert – it worked.  This program was one of the most remarkable scientific... The Manhattan Project was a top secret collaboration between the US government and the civilian scientific community to take the theory of an atomic bomb into reality.   Spoiler alert – it worked.  This program was one of the most remarkable scientific achievements in history, especially considering it was pulled off during a time of … Cold War Cast clean 30:20 233
Animal Farm by George Orwell http://www.coldwarcast.com/animal-farm-by-george-orwell/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/animal-farm-by-george-orwell/#respond Mon, 03 Jul 2017 03:59:20 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=229 Along with Orwell’s 1984, this book is one of the most important of the Cold War era.   Orwell was a socialist and not entirely unsympathetic to the political theories behind communism.  Instead of building bridges between the Soviet regime and the Western democracies, he wound up being one of the fiercest critics of the Soviets and their totalitarian system….and thus critical of the Western democracies for normalizing and even praising Stalin due to wartime pragmatism.

Animal Farm is a textbook example of a well-written historical allegory, everything fits so well as far as the characters, chain of events and themes.  It’s even “human” enough to garner a lot of sympathy for the animals that live under “animalism”.   Perhaps this is a criticism of some of the “better dead than red” rhetoric that would be coming in the years ahead?

Anyways, it’s nice to be back.   I took a few weeks off after the birth of our new son, Vincent Alexander.   Everything is going great with him so far.

Here’s the cartoon version of Animal Farm, which is very good…and funded by the CIA, apparently.

 

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http://www.coldwarcast.com/animal-farm-by-george-orwell/feed/ 0 Along with Orwell’s 1984, this book is one of the most important of the Cold War era.   Orwell was a socialist and not entirely unsympathetic to the political theories behind communism.  Instead of building bridges between the Soviet regime and the Wes... Along with Orwell’s 1984, this book is one of the most important of the Cold War era.   Orwell was a socialist and not entirely unsympathetic to the political theories behind communism.  Instead of building bridges between the Soviet regime and the Western democracies, he wound up being one of the fiercest critics of the … Cold War Cast clean 25:59 229
Meeting At The Elbe http://www.coldwarcast.com/meeting-at-the-elbe/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/meeting-at-the-elbe/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:49:26 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=225 In April of 1945 Soviet and American troops met in the middle of Germany in the town of Torgau on the Elbe River.   This meeting produced some great photo ops and the last “warm” moment between the two ideological camps for quite some time.   While there was a real “mission accomplished” feel to the Soviets and Americans linking up, the mile-high view shows Europe as firmly divided between the two new superpowers.  It really does seem appropriate that these two upstart superpowers were able to have this moment on the frontiers of what will become their spheres of influence into the Cold War.

In this episode I read from a Russia Beyond the Headlines article found here as with some of my own commentary.   We’ll finish the show off with Fred Small’s 1961 song “At The Elbe” commemorating the event as well as the life of Joe Polowsky, an American soldier who happened to be at the Elbe that day and was profoundly touched by the moment, dedicating the rest of his life to promoting peace between the US and USSR.

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http://www.coldwarcast.com/meeting-at-the-elbe/feed/ 0 In April of 1945 Soviet and American troops met in the middle of Germany in the town of Torgau on the Elbe River.   This meeting produced some great photo ops and the last “warm” moment between the two ideological camps for quite some time. In April of 1945 Soviet and American troops met in the middle of Germany in the town of Torgau on the Elbe River.   This meeting produced some great photo ops and the last “warm” moment between the two ideological camps for quite some time.   While there was a real “mission accomplished” feel to … Cold War Cast clean 21:52 225
Cold War Weaponry: Radar http://www.coldwarcast.com/cold-war-weaponry-radar/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/cold-war-weaponry-radar/#respond Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:51:54 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=213 While it may not be traditionally thought of as a weapon, radar was probably the most important defensive tool of the Cold War outside of the idea mutually assured destruction.   Both the United States (and our allies) and the Soviet Union (and her allies) were ringed by radar stations, which could detect aerial threats, should the other side decide to launch them.

We’re discussing radar right now in our timeline because radar came into usage during WWII and was especially critical in the Battle of Britain.  With radar’s aid, the British were able to pinpoint threats and allocate their resources accordingly.   It was a real force multiplier (term explained in the podcast) and continued to be so throughout the Cold War and into today.

Here’s the link to the Texas Towers I discussed in the show out in the middle of the Atlantic

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http://www.coldwarcast.com/cold-war-weaponry-radar/feed/ 0 While it may not be traditionally thought of as a weapon, radar was probably the most important defensive tool of the Cold War outside of the idea mutually assured destruction.   Both the United States (and our allies) and the Soviet Union (and her all... While it may not be traditionally thought of as a weapon, radar was probably the most important defensive tool of the Cold War outside of the idea mutually assured destruction.   Both the United States (and our allies) and the Soviet Union (and her allies) were ringed by radar stations, which could detect aerial threats, … Cold War Cast clean 15:06 213
Total War http://www.coldwarcast.com/total-war/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/total-war/#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:27:55 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=209 World War II played out a lot different from previous wars, as the battlespace not only happened at the front lines, but over the heads of the people back home working in factories, rail yards, power plants, docks and other parts of the industrial base that had great strategic value in modern warfare.  To the enemy, the guy making the tank was just as much a part of the problem as the guy driving it.

The success of attacking a nation’s industrial base and causing chaos and despair within the enemy nation will go on to influence war planning during the Cold War.  Pretty much the same people dropping bombs over Germany and Japan will go on to influence nuclear strategy in the years immediately following WWII.

Towards the end of the show I ask the uncomfortable question on whether or not civilians working in war industry are valid targets.  In the years to come we’ll have nuclear warheads pointed at Moscow that would theoretically kill millions in order to take out a few hundred or thousand people in leadership positions in the USSR (and vise-versa).   I also give a personal anecdote about what was believed to be the Soviet strategy against my city, Des Moines and how if things went hot, I’d probably wind up a crispy critter in order to shut down some roads.

Enjoy the show.  The idea of total war, true nation against nation warfare, will be very important philosophically going forward in the Cold War.

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http://www.coldwarcast.com/total-war/feed/ 0 World War II played out a lot different from previous wars, as the battlespace not only happened at the front lines, but over the heads of the people back home working in factories, rail yards, power plants, World War II played out a lot different from previous wars, as the battlespace not only happened at the front lines, but over the heads of the people back home working in factories, rail yards, power plants, docks and other parts of the industrial base that had great strategic value in modern warfare.  To the … Cold War Cast clean 26:56 209
Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam http://www.coldwarcast.com/tehran-yalta-and-potsdam/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/tehran-yalta-and-potsdam/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 04:54:59 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=202 Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt – all under one roof!   Well, maybe not at Potsdam.  The heads of state of the UK, US and USSR met three times during the course of the war to discuss war plans and the postwar world order.   These conferences not only brought them literally face to face, but also figuratively in the sense that the USSR and the western allies had different ideas on how the world should look in the aftermath of the war.

The Cold War really comes into fruition during these conferences as it becomes clear that the Soviets were here to stay in the heart of Europe and there wasn’t much that the western allies could do about it – or were willing to do about it.

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May 9 – Victory Day http://www.coldwarcast.com/may-9-victory-day/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/may-9-victory-day/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 17:52:45 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=195 This one is slightly off our timeline, but last week Russia celebrated Victory Day, commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.  The Victory Day parade in Red Square has produced some of the most iconic imagery of the Cold War over the course of time and today is a bit of a throwback to the Soviet period because they drag the hammer & sickles out for the day.   In this episode I’ll outline the festivities and give you a few things to watch for.

In contemporary Russia (and to a lesser extent the former Soviet Republics) there’s a complex relationship with the Soviet past, which is certainly on display May 9.   On one hand, no one wants to go back to those days.  On the other, people acknowledge the sense of greatness/importance that came with the large empire and the achievements that came from the Soviet era – including and especially defeating Nazi Germany.

Here’s the link to this year’s parade

Here’s 2015, which was the 70th anniversary 

Here’s 2014 in Sevastopol, right after the Russian annexation – the world got a little pissy over this one!

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Why We Fight – War Comes to America (1945) http://www.coldwarcast.com/why-we-fight-war-comes-to-america-1945/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/why-we-fight-war-comes-to-america-1945/#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 14:04:23 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=191 Frank Capra knocks it out of the park in this 1945 propaganda film that conveys our self-image as Americans and our role on the planet as World War II winds down and the <official> Cold War begins.

The main takeaways from the film is the idea that the US is an exceptional nation and worth fighting for.   Although the American people want peace, as proved in our tendency towards isolationism, we are willing to fight for the right cause – as proved by our attitudes towards isolationism shifting as events unfolded in the world with our ultimate entry into World War II. The other main takeaway from the film is the idea that we need to be vigilant throughout the world or else we could find ourselves alone and outgunned.

It is interesting that although they were referring to Nazi Germany and Japan, some of the graphics are left a little vague.  Keep in mind that in 1945 the Soviet Union, a transcontinental empire to begin with, was set to turn most of Eastern Europe into Soviet satellites and communism was set to spread in Asia.   I’m sure this fact was lost on the viewer in 1945 watching this….

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The Battle of Russia (1943) – Why We Fight Series http://www.coldwarcast.com/the-battle-of-russia-1943-why-we-fight-series/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/the-battle-of-russia-1943-why-we-fight-series/#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 04:35:36 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=188 http://www.coldwarcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CapraRussia.mp3

 

Well, this is awkward!   At this point in the timeline we’ve spent decades lambasting communism and now we have to make the case that they’re really not so bad after all to justify the alliance with the USSR during the war.    Director Frank Capra proves he’s up to the (difficult) task of selling the Soviet Union to the American people in this 1943 propaganda film.

This one is very watchable, as is the whole “Why We Fight” series so check it out.  It’s an interesting relic from that brief period in the 40’s where the USSR and the USA/West decided that they could work together.  In just a few years after this film was made, it would be back to business as usual with the commies.   Enjoy!

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Alexander Nevsky http://www.coldwarcast.com/alexander-nevsky/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/alexander-nevsky/#respond Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:47:41 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=182  

The best way to describe this film is the 300 of the Soviet Union…and one of the most influential films of all time.   Although the film was made in 1938, the USSR knocked a thin coat of dust off of it and rereleased it in 1941 immediately following the Nazi invasion – it was the perfect historical anecdote to inspire resistance during some dark days for the Soviet Union.

In this podcast I make a few observations about the political messages in the film, the propaganda value as well as pointing out some insights into the Soviet mentality of the time.

This is a really cool film and worth watching.  Youtube link below.  Enjoy!

 

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Pearl Harbor Part II – Toppling Sleeping Giants http://www.coldwarcast.com/pearl-harbor-part-ii-toppling-sleeping-giants/ http://www.coldwarcast.com/pearl-harbor-part-ii-toppling-sleeping-giants/#respond Mon, 03 Apr 2017 05:26:35 +0000 http://www.coldwarcast.com/?p=178

 

When the Japanese attacked the American Navy at Pearl Harbor, that was only half of the story.   The other half is that they went after colonial possessions of Great Britain, the Netherlands and the United States in the Pacific (they had snatched French Indochina from the French a year earlier) in order to procure the resources of these territories.

The defeat of the Westerners would go a long way to fan the flames of decolonization and anti-imperialism in the region, as the Japanese initially played upon the national aspirations of the subjugated peoples.   While people generally didn’t like European/American colonial rule, they certainly didn’t like Japanese rule either once it came down to it.   The communist parties of many of these countries became some of the most ardent resistance fighters against the Japanese and in this political vacuum we’ll see the rise of guys like Mao-Tse Tung and Ho Chi Mihn.

The commies gained a lot of credibility with the man on the street in Asia due to their resistance to the Japanese AND opposition to Western imperialism.   This will be something that the Soviet Union would ultimately exploit, as decolonization will become one of the biggest challenges for the capitalist/democratic world in the years following WWII.    This region will become the bloodiest of the Cold War period and we’ll be referring back to the Japanese occupation as we move on through the time line and start looking at China, Vietnam and even the Korean War.

 

 

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