Papers relating to The Cold War television documentary archive, 1995-1998
The Cold War, a 24 part television documentary series conceived by Robert Edward (Ted) Turner, and produced by Jeremy Isaacs Productions for CNN (Cable News Network), broadcast on BBC2, 1998-1999.
Presented to the Centre by Richard Melman, of Jeremy Isaacs Productions, London, 8 Jun 1999.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Cold War television documentary archive consists of transcripts of 531 interviews concerning events of the Cold War – the political, ideological tension between the United States and the United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR), 1946-1989, following the end of World War 2, which while falling short of actual war between these two nations, was evident in their foreign and defence policies, and those of their allies.
Interviews were conducted with eyewitnesses from the US, USSR, Germany, Poland, Britain, Czechoslovakia, Italy, France, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Spain, Vietnam, Korea, China, Israel, Egypt, South Africa, Angola, Cuba, Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and including politicians, policy makers and advisors, diplomats, journalists, academics, members of armed forces, dissidents, peasants, factory workers and civilians.
Events described include the Berlin blockade, 1948-1949, the Berlin Crisis, 1961, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Oct 1962, the Vietnam War, 1965-1975, the Korean War, 1950-1953, the Hungarian uprising, 1956, the Prague Spring, 1968, the nuclear arms race, 1945-1991, and Chinese communism, 1949-1972.
The collections also contains transcripts of a series of seminars on the Cold War, Oct 1995, as well as an incomplete series of files relating to individual episodes of the documentary series including annotated extracts of interview transcripts and other production information. (Transcripts in this section of the collection are mainly duplicates, however there are a small number which are not found in the main transcript series.)
The collection is arranged in sections as outlined above. The interview transcripts, originally kept in chronological order of filming, have been arranged by country and then in chronological order.
CONDITIONS OF ACCESS AND USE
Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.
Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.