Postwar Politics and the Origins of the Cold War

These videos and podcasts by eminent scholars, master teachers, and other speakers open a variety of ways to explore American history. The presentations range from two- or three-minute interview clips to hour-long lectures. Whether you watch them in class, assign them to your students for homework, or download them to your iPod for a long road trip, each one can give you new insight into the past.

The Origins of the Cold War

Speaker(s): John Lewis Gaddis Duration: 58 minutes 10 seconds

The US, the Middle East, and the Cold War

Speaker(s): Malcolm Byrne Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes 46 seconds

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

A Life in the Twentieth Century: Innocent Beginnings, 1917–1950

Speaker(s): Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Duration: 57 minutes 12 seconds

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Speaker(s): John W. Dower Duration: 1 hour 11 minutes 28 seconds

Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945

Speaker(s): David M. Kennedy Duration: 54 minutes 11 seconds

Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945–1974

Speaker(s): James T. Patterson Duration: 39 minutes 55 seconds

How did war shape the twentieth century?

Speaker(s): Jennifer D. Keene Duration: 49 seconds

The Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Cold War

Speaker(s): Aaron David Miller Duration: 37 minutes 21 seconds

The Cuban Missile Crisis

Speaker(s): Sergei Khrushchev Duration: 1 hour 1 minute 25 seconds

The End of the Cold War

Speaker(s): Thomas Blanton Duration: 41 minutes 51 seconds

The Origins of the Vietnam War

Speaker(s): John Prados Duration: 54 minutes 59 seconds

Washington, Grant, Marshall: Three Soldiers and American Ways of War, Part 3: Marshall

Speaker(s): Josiah Bunting III Duration: 46 minutes 13 seconds