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Free Resource (#901) - Sept. 17th, 2009
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Cold War Documentaries - "Atomic City: USA"

Download this free 30-minute audio documentary on the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee also known as Atomic City, USA. In the 1940s this town served as the top secret base for the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb. This documentary recorded in February 25, 1950 interviews everyday residents and city officials about the town. It then goes into the military facilities and interviews military personnel about their many different jobs. This 1950s audio documentary is an interesting look into our Cold War past. This free MP3 download has been generously offered by the Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

Cold War Documentaries - "Atomic City: USA"

And we've even got a second free resource today!

Hiroshima and the Origins of the Cold War

This is the first lecture from the Modern Scholar course Cold War taught by Professor David Painter.

In this lecture professor David Painter discusses the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945 during the World War II. Professor Painter establishes how the groundwork for nuclear warfare was established by President Franklin Roosevelt. He then provides reasons why the new President Harry Truman decided to use nuclear weapons against Japan, and provides some criticisms that have been brought forward since then which argue that dropping the atomic bomb was not necessary and was not for the purpose of winning the war against Japan. In the aftermath of dropping the bomb, professor Painter shows how it created the origins of what would come to be known as the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Hiroshima and the Origins of the Cold War

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Cold War: On the Brink of Apocalypse

The devastating US atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki not only brought World War II to an end, but effectively gave birth to the Cold War. The postwar world would thereafter be marked by the fragile relationship of two superpowers with opposing ideologies: the United States and the Soviet Union.

For forty-five years, these two superpowers would vie for supremacy in world politics. The Cold War, defined by events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, turmoil in the Third World, and the arms race, held the potential for an apocalyptic confrontation that could have spelled doom for the human race. Understanding the Cold War, with all of its far-reaching, global implications, is absolutely essential to our understanding of the history of the second half of the twentieth century and beyond.

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