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The Cold War

All right. It’s called The Cold War, because I want to look at some pictures. All right. So can you see the picture? Let’s see what this is. That is the protestors in December 1944, University Street, Athens. Oh, wow. Look. This is the Czech Republic. We got more protesters, some more communist protesters. West Berlin boys stand on rubble mountain to wave at a transport plane bringing supplies during the Blockade. The last coal bags are loaded on a plane heading for Frankfurt. Wow. Coal bags? So they had the coals for energy. So West Berlin where they… It wasn’t really that bad?

Wow. So right here, we… This affected everything. So this is Shanghai outside of a market when the rice prices went higher once they took over as the Nationalist rule. And then this is North Korea. So if you remember a couple books… Well, I don’t remember how many books ago. This is 1950, so this is right around the time when the Kim dynasty.

The Hollywood Ten. All right, so these 10 people, I don’t know who they are, they pleaded not guilty in Contempt of Congress, February 4th, 1948. So, that in and of itself, we’ve got to figure out who these people are, The Hollywood Ten. What was Hollywood has to do with this?

Wow. Look at this. All right. So this is a protest in Iran. Right here, this is a captured Soviet tank in Budapest, Hungary while they’re flying the Hungarian flag. Right here, just imagine, this is West Berlin waving to people in East Berlin, right? Just imagine. And then right here, this is the policemen putting a wall to make it more sturdy so you couldn’t go between the Berlins. So now, at times, I don’t know how much people know about the past, but communism, like the cold war was huge. The Berlin Wall, they basically separated Berlin in West and East Berlin. And let’s say if one of your family members lived on one side and the other one on the other, just like this, as you see you weren’t allowed to see each other, right? And the internet didn’t exist, no Twitter or anything like that. You know what I mean?

And then this is Cuba, while we have a base in Cuba. This is really interesting. Just looking at pictures, I mean, a picture tell a story, man. It’s fun look at pictures.

Wow. Now, we’re looking at… When you think of the Cold War, you only really think of Russia or the Soviet Union. Now, we’re now looking at China, right, and Mao Zedong. The cultural revolution poster from the China People’s Republic, 1968. Look at the slogan. Their slogan is, “The many accomplish great things.” And on the top, it’s the soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army reading the words of Mao Zedong, often known as the little red book in 1971. Wow.

So the Russian… We’re looking at pictures from 1944 in Athens, right? That was the first few pictures I was showing you was in the ’40s. Now, we’re talking all the way into the ’70s, right?

Demonstrators climb on board trucks in the center of Prague on the first day of the occupation, 1968. Oh, wow. So yeah, we’re talking. This is the Cold War. I mean, this is the Czech Republic. Now, we’re over basically in Cambodia right here. That’s in ’68.

All right. So this Cold War is way larger than… I didn’t know it incorporated so many different countries. Because look, down here, we have South Africa, in Angola. A convoy of South African Defense Force vehicles crosses a pontoon bridge over the Kavango River upon the withdrawal from Southern Angola, 1988. Yeah, 1989 is when the Berlin Wall came down. So we just went through the whole history of the war. This is very interesting. Residents of the coast inspect foreign references in the area, 1986, Afghanistan. Strike leader in Poland. Berliners celebrate the border opening at the Wall in 1989. So imagine, you hadn’t seen your family in almost 20-some odd years. And you see the difference of the pictures were in color.

So this is in 1990, they reunified Berlin, Germany. Thousands of people form a human chain from Tallinn, Estonia to Vilnius, Lithuania. Wow. That is extremely a lot of people. It’s like, from one country to another country, they held a wall in peace. That’s crazy. And the complete fall of the Soviet Union was here during the coup of Moscow.

So we kind of went through the whole… I mean, I didn’t read anything, didn’t really tell you anything, but I hope that was interesting to you as it was to me. Now through that, I don’t know, I really don’t even know what I’m going to read. It blew my mind because that was from 1944, basically the end of Hitler.

Oh, you know what we need to do. It’s not in this one. It’s in… Right? Do you remember? See if you’re paying attention, this is where it’s so great, you got to be reading and paying attention. If you remember on the presidency book, I said something about Stalin and Roosevelt. Stalin is USSR, Stalin, Cold War, Roosevelt. Now, we’re talking about two completely different books. I mean, I don’t know exact because I’m not writing an article on that particular, but it’d be very interesting to see where their perspective and this perspective over here, and then incorporate everything together. Because yes, history is out there but it’s not in one book, it’s not in two books, it’s not in a thousand books. It’s snippets here, snippets here, snippets here, snippets here, and snippets here, and you got to put it all together by yourself because nobody puts it together. Everyone puts it together in their own perspective, so I have to put it in my own perspective, right? So, that was very interesting. Very interesting. All right, onto the next one. See you later.