International Relations Since 1945

The Berlin Wall

The construction of the Berlin Wall

Beginning at midnight on the 13th August 1961, East German police and army began to close the border with West Berlin.

The Berlin Wall

The construction of the Berlin Wall

A short film documenting the construction of the Berlin Wall, featuring interviews with people who were affected by it.

Berlin wall memorial on street

Interpretations of the Berlin Wall

This video compares the West’s and East’s interpretations of the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961.

The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall during the Cold War

Operation Looking Glass

Operation Looking Glass: why the USA kept an airborne nuclear control centre flying 24/7

US break relations with Cuba

Why the USA cut diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961

On the 3rd January 1961, the United States of America severed its diplomatic relationship with Cuba and closed the American embassy in Havana.

Brigade 2506

The Bay of Pigs invasion: an overview

The Bay of Pigs Invasion was launched by the CIA-sponsored paramilitary group Brigade 2506.

Tsar Bomba

The Tsar Bomba: the most powerful weapon in the world

Cuban Missile Crisis

Prelude to the Cuban Missile Crisis: the missile and the spy plane

Cuban Missile Crisis – Mr Kennedy and Mr Khrushchev