Doc Zone Love, Hate and Propaganda, The Cold War: War of Words (Part 4 of 4)

Doc Zone Love, Hate and Propaganda, The Cold War: War of Words (Part 4 of 4)

In the 1980s, three men – three new voices – speak out and change the rules of the Cold War. American president Ronald Reagan, a staunch anti-communist, turns up the heat on the Soviets with a bold challenge to tear down the Berlin Wall. His words will resonate around the world. A Polish pope, John Paul II, will have a profound influence on a young Union Leader named Lech Walesa. As a result Walesa moves from issues surrounding the trade union movement to wider issues concerning human liberty and human rights. The two men will galvanize Poland and rattle the Iron Curtain. The Soviet Union will face growing dissent fuelled by the disconnect between the propaganda myths of the 50s and the reality of their faltering economy and repressive society. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s heeds the call for change and unleashes dramatic reforms that will shake Communism to its foundation. For almost 50 years, the Cold War held the world hostage to nuclear war. The fight between two superpowers shaped our societies and our way of looking at the world. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War was suddenly over, but the aftershocks are still being felt.

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