Post War Russia (06:38)
During the era of Russian domination of Eastern Europe known as the "Iron Curtain", Stalin wanted his nation to become as modern as those in the west. The Soviet Union kept a discreet distance during the Korean War.
Russia after Stalin (03:46)
After Stalin's death in 1953 people like Joseph McCarthy kept his influence alive for personal purposes. In the Kremlin powerful men jockeyed for position but Nikita Khrushchev emerged as the key figure. Please preview prior to using this video as it contains subject matter which may not be appropriate for all audiences.
Revisionist Communism (04:24)
Allied with the USSR in the e1950's Mao considered Khrushchev's reforms a betrayal of Leninism, but it was not as if the Soviet Union had given up on communism or their authority over nearby nations.
Soviet Space Program (03:03)
After the fall of Nazi Germany in 1945 both the Soviets and the Allies had used captured German scientists to further their own rocket programs. One of the most dramatic Soviet achievements was Sputnik.
Alliance Between Soviet Union and Cuba (03:02)
In 1958 Fidel Castro led a revolt against the corrupt right wing dictatorship of Cuba. He embraced the USSR as a socialist ally and Cuba became a virtual protectorate of the Soviet Union.
Russian Space Flight and Recreation (07:43)
Russia successfully sent the first man into space and cosmonauts became a source of national pride. Regardless of changes in economy or international prestige, the past times of the Soviet people remained fairly constant.
Soviet Union Nuclear Energy (06:30)
President JFK had inherited the disastrous CIA plan to invade Cuba in 1961. As a defense against future US invasions the Soviet Union had supplied Cuba with long range nuclear missiles.
Relations Between US and USSR (06:58)
Both JFK and Nikita Khrushchev were proud of the way they handled relations with each other but citizens from both countries felt their leaders had sold out. Cuba continued to be an ally to the Soviet Union as well as a drain on its economy.
Russia Under Gorbachev (03:49)
As General Secretary of the Communist party Mikhail Gorbachev knew his nation needed drastic reforms to survive. President Reagan moved away from his long held view of the USSR as an evil empire and western influence spread to Russia.
Finding Dancers (02:46)
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State of Emergency in the Soviet Union (10:33)
Gorbachev desire for arms reduction was frustrated by Ronald Reagan's outlandish plan of a new generation of expensive weapons based in outer space. Gorbachev was temporarily overthrown by those who disagreed with his methods.
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