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Friday, 14 July 2017

The Cold War: Stories from the Big Freeze (BBC Radio 4); The Greek Civil War; The Czech Coup and more



Some of the many episodes from Series I and 2 - which can also be downloaded:



The Greek Civil War


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07j40x0


In a series tracing the decisive moments in the early years of the Cold War, Bridget Kendall tells the story of the Greek Civil War - and hears from three people who were caught up in it.

In 1944 Greece was liberated from Nazi occupation. But the German retreat left a vacuum and instead of peace the devastated country descended into civil war.

The Greek civil war grew out of a left- right split in Greek society. But it also marked a shift - from the Allies' war against Nazi fascism to a fight to stop a Communist takeover: the prelude, in other words, to the long battle between East and West over the decades to come, about who would control Europe.

Featuring John Clarke MBE, Zozo Petropoulos and Nicholas Rizopolous.

Readings by Mia Soteriou.

Producer: Martin Williams.



The Czech Coup


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07jlq39


In a series tracing the decisive moments in the early years of the Cold War, Bridget Kendall tells the story of the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1948 - and hears from three people who lived throughit.

At the beginning of 1948 Czechoslovakia had been the only parliamentary democracy left in East Europe. But within a couple of months it was part of the Soviet bloc. Not through the invasion of Soviet tanks -that would come later, in 1968 - but through the actions of local Communists, with the influence of the Soviet Union looming in the shadows.

Featuring Karel Janovicky, John Palka and Sylva Simsova.

Music: Variations on the Theme of Brigadier H. Smith by Karel Janovicky

Producer: Martin Williams.



The Prague Spring


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08x34gw


Bridget Kendall explores the major turning points in the later decades of the Cold War.

In August 1968 a Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia brought the period of liberalisation known as the Prague Spring to an end. The social and cultural reforms aimed at achieving 'socialism with a human face' came to an abrupt halt. It was justified under the principles of what became known as the Brezhnev Doctrine, whereby the Soviet Union had the right to intervene anywhere in the Eastern Bloc where socialism was under threat. Czechoslovakia entered a period of repression

Bridget Kendall hears the stories of three people caught up in the invasion and active on the streets of Prague.

With Hana Laing, Julius Tomin and Zdena Tomin.

Producer: Martin Williams.



The Birth of Solidarity in Poland


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08xcvqk


Bridget Kendall explores the major turning points in the later decades of the Cold War.

In August 1980 an out of work shipyard worker from Gdansk turned a local strike into a nationwide campaign. Lech Walesa, as leader of the strike in Gdansk, has earned his place in the history books. It began with the sacking of a crane driver called Anna Walentynowicz and would end up toppling Communism in Poland. But the very first day of the strike was more haphazard.

With Jerzy Borowczak, Bogdan Borousewicz and Jacqueline Hayden.

Readings by Philip Fox and John Norton.

Producer: Martin Williams.



The Chinese Cultural Revolution

Bridget Kendall explores what happened when China broke with the USSR and, in 1966, launched a Cultural Revolution aimed in part at laying claim to pure communism in the face of Moscow's more revisionistapproach.

She hears the stories of Sir John Weston, then a young British diplomat, recalls what happened when Red Guards stormed the British Embassy.

And brothers Chen Zhang Gong and Chen Zhang Rang remember the very painful story of how they watched helplessly as their teacher father was hounded to death by their fellow pupils.

Producer: Phil Tinline.



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