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The Life and Times of Josef Stalin [electronic resource]

This is the documentary story of the man who subverted the Russian Revolution: born in 1879 in Georgia, a region colonized by Russia at the beginning of the 19th century; studied for the priesthood but soon abandoned piety for insurrection and agitation. By the time of the Revolution, his unique skills had emerged: to be in the right place at the right time and leave the speechifying to others while accumulating political power behind the scenes. Suppressing Lenin's dying wish that Stalin be replaced, he became Lenin's heir. Unable to achieve his objectives by consensus, he imposed them by fiat. The program follows the struggles and betrayals of the 1920s, the atrocities and loss of hope of the 1930s, the dreadful carnage of World War II, the sleight of hand by which Stalin imposed h [...]
Online
2012
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The October 1917 Revolution and After [electronic resource]

A documentary presentation of the events of the October Revolution, from the defeat of the czarist armies and famine in Russia, to the overthrow of Nicholas and the assumption of power by the Communists, drawn from Russian and Western newsreel footage and from the famous Soviet propaganda films that dramatized some of the events of the Revolution. The program also shows the effects of the Revolution in Western Europe: innocents and idealists cynically goaded and provoked to marches, protests, and strikes that were-inevitably-met with brutal repression.
Online
2012
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City of Murder and Mayhem [electronic resource]: Coping With Life in Moscow

This film portrays life on the edge of death in Moscow. It follows the exploits of two men: Roman Trotsenko, a 28-year-old multimillionaire entrepreneur who lives every day knowing it could be his last because of the death count in the business world; and Commander Yevgeny Petrushin of the Special Forces Fast Reaction Team, a crack squad dedicated to fighting violent organized crime. Though these men never meet, their lives run in strange parallels amidst the sheer, bloody madness of Moscow. With hard-hitting footage and candid interviews, this powerful documentary offers unparalleled insight into the lives of these two very different men, risking their lives every day for very different reasons simply because of the work they do.
Online
2012
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In the Name of Peace [electronic resource]

By the time the Stalinist regime gave way to the era of Khrushchev, Russia and its rival the U.S. were almost neck and neck in military prowess. One war may have been over, but, as this documentary unveils, another, the Cold War, was just beginning. As rivalry deepened into outright hostility, can the quest to produce the ultimate atomic weapon ever be associated with the phrase "in the name of peace"? In fact, both countries became stocked with atomic weaponry, including bombs, intercontinental missiles, and submarines able to cruise the oceans in secrecy with a devastating array of atomic missiles. As this episode shows, either nation had enough nuclear strength at its disposal to threaten the other's survival.
Online
2012
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Stolen Secrets [electronic resource]

In this revealing episode it's 1945, and Soviet propaganda films are inviting all Russia to celebrate the glorious victory of communism over Nazi Germany during World War II. However, all is not well in Russia. The desperate struggle against the German army has ruined the economy. There is misery, poverty, and devastation on the streets of Moscow and throughout the country. And the defeat of Nazi Germany has given western countries the opportunity to launch an international movement aimed at preventing the spread of communism. Furthermore, perhaps the greatest blow to Soviet pride is the fact that the U.S. has won the race to produce the first atom bomb.
Online
2012
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The End of Innocence [electronic resource]

This episode focuses on a more detailed investigation of Russia's nuclear coming of age. It traces the atom bomb back to its infancy, to a time when state-sponsored Russian physicists were sent to Cambridge to learn about this obscure new technology. Despite knowledge gleaned from this research, the Bolshevik government was slow to catch onto the strategic importance of atomic energy, continually dismissing it in favor of good old traditional weapons. As time passed, however, the government came to see the importance of the atom. While the U.S. poured the equivalent of 20 to 30 billion rubles into creating its bomb, the USSR achieved the same result at much less expense, largely thanks to its intelligence network that spanned the world's research hotspots.
Online
2012
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Ukraine [electronic resource]: Lords of the Ring, Fighting for Reform

Boxing champions Vitali and Vladimir Klitschko used to let their fists and footwork do the talking-but now the brothers are ready to talk about the plight of their beloved homeland, Ukraine, and their plans to wrest it back from nefarious political forces. This program offers a ringside seat to their efforts-not just to Vladimir's bone-crushing heavyweight bout in Switzerland but also to Vitali's campaign for a seat in the Ukrainian parliament. Both fighters are smart, charismatic, university educated, and driven to change their nation's direction. But it won't be easy. Ukraine is at the top of Transparency International's list of corrupt European governments, and its political landscape is littered with contenders who've been bruised, battered, and beaten-figuratively, by Machiavell [...]
Online
2012
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Space Race [electronic resource]

This video clip contains footage of Yuri Gagarin training (2/16/61, Swjosdny Gorodok, U.S.S.R.) and an HW-2 rocket launch (10/6/32, Baltijsk, U.S.S.R.).
Online
2012
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Nikita Khrushchev [electronic resource]: Fidel Castro

Nikita Khrushchev, born of peasant parents, ruled the Soviet Union with an iron fist while preaching peaceful co-existence. Fidel Castro led the Cuban Revolution, and then became Prime Minister of Cuba, then President of the Council of Ministers. This episode of A&E Classroom examines how these two men joined forces and how their tenuous alliance was tested by the Cuban missile crisis.
Online
2011; 1996
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Vladimir Lenin [electronic resource]: Voice of Revolution

Author, lawyer, Marxist revolutionary, creator of the Soviet Communist Party, and founder of the U.S.S.R., Vladimir Lenin led the Bolsheviks and the Red Army. This Biography episode follows Lenin's revolutionary career.
Online
2011; 1998
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Lobotomy [electronic resource]: Propaganda in the Russian-Georgian War

Journalism has become an integral feature of modern war, but during the Russian-Georgian conflict it was propaganda more than information that dominated the Russian press. This documentary exposes Russia's abuse of mass media in reporting on what really happened during the 2008 South Ossetia conflict. When channel CCTV let citizens know that "the military was forced to undertake police actions to keep order," it was Georgian civilians who were desperately trying maintain calm as Russian soldiers were looting local neighborhoods. Worse yet, many of the images transmitted had already been broadcast before any TV crews had arrived in Georgia - CCTV simply used old footage, or staged scenes, without letting viewers know. The video also argues that media control during the Georgian war is [...]
Online
2011
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Russian Revolutions [electronic resource]: Sex, Lies, and Nuclear Weapons

In segment one of this program, ABC News anchor Ted Koppel reports on issues related to the new openness in Russia surrounding sexuality, including the growth of prostitution, resistance to contraception, and the spread of AIDS. In segment two, Koppel and correspondent John Donvan examine the ongoing controversy revolving around the political sellout of the independent Russian media. And in segment three, Koppel and Donvan analyze the impoverished and demoralized state of Russia's soldiery, tasked with fighting the Chechens and presiding over one of the largest nuclear arsenals in the world.
Online
2010; 2000
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Russian Revolutions [electronic resource]: The Heavy Hand of Corruption

In segment one of this program, ABC News anchor Ted Koppel and correspondent John Donvan investigate the endemic nature of corruption in Russia, where bribery is commonplace and paying protection money is considered a business expense. In segment two, Koppel and billionaire Boris Berezovsky, identified as the unseen force behind Vladimir Putin's rise to power, discuss Berezovsky's recent foray into politics. And in segment three, after providing detailed background on Putin, Koppel interviews the man himself, touching upon his plans to fight corruption, his KGB affiliations, and his surprising sense of humor.
Online
2010; 2000
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Modern Slavery [electronic resource]: Human Trafficking

In search of a better life, Natasha and Galia Gutu thought they had found fulfilling jobs in Turkey through their seemingly helpful neighbors. But when the Gutu sisters left their home in Moldova they were actually traveling into a nightmare-not the health aide employment that their "friends" had promised, but rather enslavement as prostitutes. This program follows their story by recording their own painful accounts, a different side of the narrative as told by the mother-daughter pair who led them into deception, and the real-life courtroom drama that unfolds when the sisters bring charges against their former neighbors. Will a guilty verdict start Natasha and Galia on the road to healing?
Online
2010; 2008
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Radio Revolution [electronic resource]: Broadcasting for Freedom in Cold-War Romania

Likened to "a strange religion. with millions of invisible believers," Radio Free Europe gave listeners in Eastern Bloc countries a much-needed alternative to government media. This program examines the impact of RFE broadcasts on Nicolae Ceausescu's Romania and the lengths to which Romanian authorities went to suppress U.S.-backed radio. Viewers learn how the 1977 Vrancea Earthquake enabled RFE to step up its activities in the country; how Ceausescu's operatives in the Romanian Securitate-and, allegedly, even the notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal-committed violent acts against RFE personnel; and how the power and popularity of RFE found full expression in the Romanian Revolution.
Online
2010; 2009
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Russia's Last Tsar [electronic resource]

In tsarist Russia, Nicholas II had absolute power over his vast realm, yet he was helpless in the face of his son Alexei's life-threatening hemophilia. Enter Rasputin, a self-styled holy man whose apparent ability to heal the young heir to the throne won him the devotion of Empress Alexandra, to the dismay of practically everyone else. This program presents the wrenching drama of the collapse of the centuries-old Romanov dynasty-a story of abdication, imprisonment, and assassination-against the backdrop of a nation under unendurable stress: military disasters, economic collapse, widespread unrest, and the rampant spread of Bolshevism. The program ends by revealing the location of the tsar's lost grave, a mystery for decades solved at last.
Online
2010; 1996
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Astana, Kazakhstan [electronic resource]: Capital (56 Minutes)

After Kazakhstan gained independence in 1991 its seat of government was moved north and renamed Astana, meaning "sublime gateway." Old Soviet-era buildings were torn down and internationally acclaimed architects hired to design a model city that might become the hub not just of Kazakhstan, but of all of Central Asia. A decade after its conception, has Astana lived up to its promise? In this program, citizens who are preparing to celebrate Astana's 10-year anniversary discuss their hopes for and criticism of the world's newest capital city.
Online
2010
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Making the World Safe for Democracy [electronic resource]: Manifest Destiny

As the United States reshaped Manifest Destiny for use in the 20th century, the concept came to be equated not with conquest and expansion, but with the spread of American values and institutions. Focusing on World War I and the Russian Revolution, the section "A New World Order" traces the deflected trajectory of President Wilson's idealistic plan to export democracy - a plan that ended in compromises and broken dreams. "Containment," which begins with World War II, examines the spread of communism in Asia and U.S. opposition to it via the Kennan policy of containment and the Truman Doctrine. And "Quagmire" discusses how the Kennedy and Johnson administrations felt duty-bound to escalate American political and military involvement in Vietnam as a part of an ideological proxy war bet [...]
Online
2010
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Beyond the Wall [electronic resource]: Life in Communist and Post-Soviet Europe

It may seem unthinkable to older viewers, but for an emerging generation of young adults the Cold War is little more than an abstract historical concept. Its impact on Eastern European society becomes vivid and concrete, however, when those who experienced it firsthand are given a chance to speak. In this film, citizens of Poland, the Czech Republic, and what was once East Germany describe life under post-war Communism and offer candid assessments of the transition to freedom, capitalism, and democracy after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Topics include state-run education, government surveillance and torture methods, prison conditions, escapes to the West, the collapse of the Wall, German reunification, the dramatic corporate restructuring implemented by the Treuhand Agency, and more. [...]
Online
2010
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The Nobel Literature Prize Documentary 2009 [electronic resource]: Writing Against Terror-the Literature of Herta Muller

Her father was an ex-Nazi and alcoholic who clung to his fascist beliefs. For much of her life, she struggled against Nicolae Ceausescu's dehumanizing regime. But no matter how prolonged or alienating her hardships, they never crippled Herta Muller's spirit-and have, in fact, shaped and amplified her astonishing literary output. Commissioned by the Nobel Foundation, this program features revealing interviews with the 2009 Laureate, location footage from her domestic and working life, and readings from her achingly honest work. Excerpts illustrate the poetic resonance and intellectual power of Nadirs, The Land of the Green Plums, Traveling on One Leg, and other works.
Online
2010; 2009