The Prague Spring

The Prague Spring was a marvellous period of political liberalisation in Czechoslovakia while it was under the control of the Soviet Union after WWII. The period began on 5 January 1968, following the election of reformist Alexander Dubcek as First … Read More

Britain in the Cold War

While Britain definitely took the backseat in the Cold War, which was largely fought between the US and the Soviet Union, it still played a pretty significant role in the way things went down. This is hardly surprising, seeing as … Read More

The Berlin Blockade

After the Allies decided to split Germany into four separate zones of occupation following the end of WWII in 1945, Berlin was also split into four segments. But while the UK, France and the US tried to improve living conditions … Read More

The Tehran Conference

The Tehran Conference was the first time the Big Three met up for some serious talks. The summit, which was codenamed Eureka, took place between 28 November and 1 December 1943. It saw Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston … Read More

The Yalta Conference

The Yalta Conference was called to help the Allied Forces decide what should happen to Germany – and the rest of Europe – once Hitler had been all-but defeated and WWII had basically ended. It took place in February 1945, … Read More

The Potsdam Conference

The Potsdam Conference was called to help the Allied Forces decide what should happen to Germany – and the rest of Europe – once Hitler had been all-but defeated and WWII had basically ended. The Allied Forces met on 17 … Read More

The US and Russia

As you probably know, the US and Russia haven’t had the easiest relationship for quite a while now. While it’s no secret the two nations are far from pals, it’s worth you knowing that the attitude of the US was … Read More

The 1953 Berlin Uprising

The Berlin Uprising of June 1953 started off with a strike by furious construction workers in the capital city. The tradesmen had been toiling away to finish work on a prestige building project in Berlin, and were outraged by demands … Read More

The Soviet satellite states

As you no doubt already know, Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin was pretty much singlehandedly responsible for transforming Russia’s peasant society into an industrial and military superpower with the help of Communism during the Cold War. One of the ways … Read More

The League of Nations

The League of Nations was an international parliamentary organisation committed to disarmament and the prevention of war through negotiation, using force only when absolutely necessary. Just so you know, this procedure was known as collective security. The organisation was also … Read More