Comrades 1917-1945 (1998)

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Television documentary series on the Cold War, presented in six volumes, as follows: `Volume 1: Iron curtain' covers the period from the Russian Revolution to the breaking of the Berlin Blockade in 1949; `Volume 2: Reds' covers the critical era of the 1950s from the Korean War to the start of the space race; `Volume 3: M.A.D.' reveals the critical events of the 1960s which brought the entire world to the brink of thermonuclear war, and how that war was averted; `Volume 4: Dirty wars' reveals how, locked in a deadly nuclear stand-off East and West fought surrogate wars throughout the world for power, prestige and influence. It tells of civil wars in Africa, conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbours, revolution in South America and the horrors of Vietnam spilling over into Cambodia; `Volume 5: Third world wars' reveals how increasing tensions between the superpowers led to devastating wars across the globe. Charts the rise of new interests, the most radical being Islamic Fundamentalism, which was to shake the balance of power; `Volume 6: Final countdown' chronicles the break-up of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War era. Tells how in just one year, the entire Eastern Block collapsed, as the old tyrants were swept away and the notorious Berlin Wall was reduced to rubble.

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