The Arsenal of Democracy – The Lend-Lease Act

America dips her toe back in the pool of world turmoil again after a couple decade hiatus.  Although non-interventionalism ruled public discourse, eventually there was enough support for at least assisting our old friends Great Britain and France and our ‘comrades’ in the USSR. The USA responded by assisting allied …

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Cold War Terminology: Realpolitik

In the last episode I used the term “realpolitik” and decided it needed a little further unpacking because of how important the concept is to the Cold War and specifically this upcoming block of history where we’ll see the US and the USSR as allies. Long story short, realpolitik is …

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The First and Second Five Year Plans

Today we’re talking about the Soviet Union’s first and second five year plans, launched by Stalin in order to bring the USSR up to snuff with the rest of the world in short order.   The first five year plan focused on building up an industrial base and collectivizing agriculture, …

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Stalin – The Man of Steel

Today we introduce Joseph Stalin, one of the key figures of the Cold War.   We will briefly go into his background and touch on a few things that made him tick and then discuss his complex legacy.    Long story short, Stalin makes the short list of “most evil …

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The Execution of Tsar Nicholas II and the Romanovs

One of the defining moments of the Russian Civil War and world history was the execution of the Romanovs, ultimately marking a turning point in history between old and new.   The implications of the execution were more psychological than anything, but it let Russia and the world know that the …

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The Russian Civil War

Immediately following the October Revolution, the Bolsheviks begin the dirty work of getting the rest of Russia in line.   Ever hear the phrase “you gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet”?   That’s pretty much how they viewed their situation, as they unleashed a reign of terror …

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