We are delighted to present two fascinating lectures by Major Gordon Corrigan MBE dealing with the Cold War, although each one stands alone.
The Yalta Conference, eight days in February 1945, shaped the world for the next fifty years and left a legacy that we live with still. It was the last conference of the ‘big three’ – Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt – before the end of the Second World War. The Russians were fifty miles from Berlin, the British and Americans 375 miles. The aim of the conference was to decide the final course of war and to agree post war arrangements. The British and Americans had failed to agree a common agenda, whereas Stalin knew exactly what he wanted – and got most of it.
Run time: 60 minutes
Anyone over the age of 45 grew up under the Cold War; it shaped international relations for 50 years and it still affects them now. It lasted from the end of the Second World War to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. There were many times when it might have turned ‘hot’ but instead it was fought out in the spheres of propaganda, economics and politics, and militarily by surrogacy outside Europe.
Run time: 73 minutes
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