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World War II
Through the key decisions made by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin, Oliver Stone explores the origin of the American Empire after World War II. A major focus is the demonization of the Soviets in order to shape public opinion.
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Roosevelt, Truman & Wallace
Harry Truman replacing Henry Wallace as Roosevelt’s Vice President during his fourth term shifted US leadership in a major way. There is a focus on the relationship between the US and the Soviet Union and the beginnings of the Cold War. Further, the relationship between Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill seemed to influence a part of the post-war Europe division at the Yalta conference.
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The bombing of Japan by the US is a chilling historical event that ushered the world into the new fears of the atomic age. The strategies behind the bombing was not only to devastate Japan but to scare Russia into submission, which sends the nations into a nuclear arms race. The mistrust and paranoia of the Cold War between former Allies grows now that each side can destroy the world several times over.
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Cold War: 1945–1950
Who started the Cold War? In a month-by-month analysis, the initial aggressors are less apparent. Yet, the relationship between the Soviets and the West are none-the-less solidified with Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech. The US enters the “Red Scare” and creates The House Un-American Activities Committee in an attempt to place the “right” ideology as a bedrock for US culture. The rise of Joseph McCarthy, with the aid of the FBI, turns into a near witch hunt for Communists in America.
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Truman’s outgoing presidency is replaced by Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles, who seek to change the path of US strategy. The thread of the nuclear bomb and total annihilation worries the average citizen while the proxy war between Russia and the US surfaces in the Korean War. The death of Stalin does little to relieve the tensions between the world powers.
The ’50s: Eisenhower, The Bomb & The Third World
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JFK: To The Brink
Even with the backing of CIA-sponsored paramilitary groups, The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba fails and reflects badly on the JFK administration as the proxy wars rage on. The world comes to a standstill during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The hope of peace surfaces as JFK attempts to relieve tensions with Khrushchev, but the shock of JFK’s assassination shakes the foundations of US domestic security.
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Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal Of Fortune
The hellish nature of the Vietnam War causes the American public to see the limits of modern military power when faced with thick jungles and guerilla style warfare. Richard Nixon’s administration shows it’s true methods and causes deep introspection in the American political atmosphere.
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Reagan, Gorbachev & Third World: Rise Of The Right
With the replacement of Ronald Reagan after Carter, the relationship between Gorbachev and Reagan offers new attempts at peace as the Berlin wall crashes down. Fears surface as Iranian students occupy the US embassy in Tehran and the event turns into The Iran hostage crisis.
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Bush & Clinton: Squandered Peace – New World Order
The US invasion of Panama canal brings about a failed chance at peace after the end of the Cold War. How far is the George W. Bush administration willing to go to establish security? A new prospect of “endless war” in Iraq and Afghanistan causes a shift in America’s status with the world.
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Bush & Obama: Age of Terror
The controversy of Guantanamo Bay shakes the justifications used by the Bush Administration to commit acts of torture. The Obama presidency bring with it hope for a new transparency and less war hungry nation, but the results are questionable.