This video presents an explanation of the start of the Cold War. The end of WW2 presented the Allies with the problem of what would happen to liberated Nazi territory. Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill met at Yalta in 1945 to discuss these issues. At Potsdam later that year the leaders of the USA (which was now led by Truman), Britain (under Atlee) and the USSR met again.
A short film outlining the early history of the atomic bomb, from dropping ‘Little Boy’ on Hiroshima in 1945 to the creation of an atomic bomb by the USSR in 1949.
This short clip is taken from the BBC’s Curriculum Bites and offers a good overview of the different opinions about the use of the A-bomb in 1945.
This video presents historical interpretations of why America chose to drop nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It also explains how it affected relations between the USA and the USSR.
Contrasting Pro-Soviet and Pro-American films from the post-WW2 period related to the increasing tensions between the two countries.
A short film documenting the construction of the Berlin Wall, featuring interviews with people who were affected by it.