Cold War

Berliners on the outskirts of Tempelhof Airfield during the airlift, July 1948.

Just two years after victory in the most murderous war in history, the divisions between the Soviet Union and the Western powers became unbridgeable. 

Daniel Ellsberg being presented with a papier-mâché ‘Declassified’ stamp on 23 September 1971, at a banquet held by the Federal Employees for Peace.

Revelations about the US nuclear codes during the Cold War from the man who helped draft the policy. 

Soviet tanks roll into Prague, 21 August 1968.

‘Socialism with a human face’ came head to head with the realities of Soviet communism.

Anti-Nuclear Power Protest in New York, 9 October 1979.

An invigorating take on the Cold War reveals the views of Russian scientists, politicians and senior military figures.

Iranian riflemen guard a refinery belonging to the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, 1940s.

During the Second World War, Britain, the US and the Soviet Union worked together in oil-rich Iran. But cooperation was to degenerate into suspicion and hostility. 

Brooke, with his wife, arrives home in North London, 24 July 1969

Gerald Brooke’s time in a Soviet prison was a pivotal moment in Cold War espionage.

The UDBA is probably the least known major espionage agency of the Cold War. It remains influential, despite the break-up of the country it was formed to defend. 

Grace Wyndham Goldie, c.1955

What role was the BBC to play if the cold war became hot? For the first time, the corporation has given detailed access to its plans for a Wartime Broadcasting Service following a nuclear attack. Paul Reynolds reveals its secrets.

Isaiah Berlin

One of the most brilliant intellectuals of his age, Isaiah Berlin voiced impeccably liberal views.  Yet were his political beliefs compromised by some unsavoury associations?

Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman and Joseph Stalin at the Potsdam Conference, 1945.

Geoffrey Roberts explains when and why the Cold War began.