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Invasion of Czechoslovakia


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The Cuban Missile Crisis



The Cold War



Article: Cold War Spies – Vilyam Genrikhovich Fisher & Rino Hayhanen


The link below is to an article that looks at two cold war spies and their unveiling.

For more visit:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/32100/how-nickel-and-paperboy-brought-down-cold-war-spy


Article: Germany – Krampnitz in Potsdam


The link below is to an article that takes a look at the Krampnitz in Potsdam.

For more visit:
http://environmentalgraffiti.com/news-krampnitz-abandoned-soviet-and-nazi-military-complex


Photos: Abandoned Cold War Missile Silos


The link below is to a gallery of Cold War era missile silos that have been abandoned.

For more visit:
http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-most-incredible-abandoned-missile-bases-earth


Article: The Soviet Union’s Spies


The link below is to an article that looks at the Soviet Union’s spies in the United Kingdom and the USA during the Cold War.

For more visit:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Spies-Who-Spilled-Atomic-Bomb-Secrets.html


Today in History – 14 May 1955


The Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance is Signed

The Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, also known as the Warsaw Pact, was signed in Warsaw, Poland. This was the military alliance signed by the Eastern Bloc of nations, namely the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania. The treaty came about in response to West Germany being included in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on the 9 May 1955. These were the two major treaties to come out of post war (WWII) Europe and were the opposing parties of the Cold War.

For more information on the Cold War see:
http://www.coldwar.org/

Timeline of the Cold War:
http://library.thinkquest.org/10826/timeline.htm

 


Post War – A History of Europe Since 1945, by Tony Judt


Post War – A History of Europe Since 1945, by Tony Judt

I have now started to read ‘Post War,’ by Tony Judt. The edition I have was published in 2005 by The Penguin Press. It is a massive work of over 900 pages, that includes both photographs and maps.

The period of history being dealt with is post war Europe from the end of World War II to 2005. It includes the immediate aftermath of World War II, right through the Cold War period and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Though I have only just started (yesterday) I have completed about 100 pages thus far, which has taken me through the preface, introduction and the first chapter, ‘The Legacy of War.’ The first chapter deals with the immediate aftermath of the war and its consequences for the people of Europe. It is an horrific picture of post war Europe and the devastation it had on the entirety of Europe – nations, cities and towns, peoples and families. It is the legacy of total war.

 


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