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The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Setting Sun

What was the first message sent by the Soviet Union over the infamous 1960s "hotline"? [more inside]
posted by alan on Mar 26, 2014 - 3 answers

Can you identify this nuclear war themed computer game?

I remember playing a great computer strategy game on my ZX Spectrum back in the 1990s (although perhaps the game is older) which simulated being in command of the US Strategic Defense Initiative. Most of the gameplay involved doling out funding dollars to different SDI research & development projects (X-Ray satellites, high energy lasers, ABM bases etc.). You could choose whether the US president and Soviet Premier were hawkish, dovish or a mix (but they could not be both doves). There were DEFCON warning levels. All games culminated in a nuclear war with a Soviet first strike launch. There was a map with the missile swarms tracked. You had to scramble to set the red 3-letter code to activate the SDI system in time. You could take charge of individual SDI platforms yourself or just let them run automatically. You could also OK the wholesale launch of US nukes in retaliation. What is this game? (games that this is definitely not inside) [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Nov 25, 2013 - 9 answers

From Dixons to Nixon

I'm interested in learning more about late 20th century American history and politics, particularly the Cold War, Watergate and Nixon. What books, fiction or non-fiction, can you recommend to a non-American? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Nov 19, 2013 - 18 answers

Real propaganda?

Defense Against Enemy Propaganda, a 1956 film intended for US troops, contains a couple of clips of Soviet propaganda with voiceovers in English. Are they genuine Soviet films? Where did they come from? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Nov 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Non-anti-communist Cold War books

I'm looking for int'l relations and/or history books about the Cold War which don't depict the Communist world as a highly organised, monolithic organisation intentionally seeking world domination and which discuss the failures of American intervention/rollback/containment/etc. (I am not looking for propaganda from the other side; scholarly works would be best.) Thanks in advance ^_^
posted by myitkyina on Sep 3, 2013 - 6 answers

What science fiction books from the 1980s don't assume the Soviet Union?

I'm re-reading Eon by Greg Bear which is starts set in the near future (around 2000) from when it was published. The US and the USSR are of course still very antagonistic. This made me wonder: is there much science fiction published in the 1980s where the author doesn't assume the Soviet Union still exists (or alternately, it still exists but the US and it are not antagonistic)? [more inside]
posted by R343L on Aug 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Are there any good movies about the Cold War from the Russian viewpoint?

I've been watching some great Cold War movies like Thirteen Days. The aesthetics are terrific and the tension spectacular. I'm wondering, though, whether there are any films that show the conflict from the Russian perspective? I would especially like to watch (or perhaps read?) accounts by true believers who felt they were defending the people from capitalist imperialism.
posted by jefficator on Feb 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Cold War - U.S. invades Russia

Did the United States ever have a plan to invade Russia or any part of the Soviet Union? [more inside]
posted by mousepad on Jan 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Why did the Soviet military retain the traditional Officer/Enlisted class binary rather than instituting some other hierarchichal structure?

Russian History: Why did the Soviet military retain the traditional (western) Officer/Enlisted class binary rather than instituting some other hierarchichal structure? How did they ideologically justify maintaining two distinct and separate classes, one subordinate to the other, in an army putatively fighting for a classless society? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Where can I find 1960s Military Production Statistics

Where can I find information about military production by country in the 1960s? [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on Sep 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Contemporary songs about the Cold War?

There have been questions about Cold War songs from the '80s (1, 2, 3). What about songs about the Cold War from the 2000s? [more inside]
posted by flawsekno on May 7, 2012 - 7 answers

RUSSIA

Help me feed my obsession with all things Russia. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 1, 2011 - 27 answers

"Just say NO to NATO?"

Let's say Russia wanted to be rid of that pesky NATO alliance once and for all. For fiction purposes, how might they go about making this happen? All ideas welcome, no matter how implausible. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Aug 31, 2010 - 25 answers

Americans: Was your town a [rumored] Cold War missile target?

Americans: Was your town a [rumored] Cold War missile target? [more inside]
posted by jeb on Oct 27, 2009 - 242 answers

Looking for books about the Cold War for French high school students. More below.

Looking for books about the Cold War for French high school students. More below. [more inside]
posted by jackmcc on Jun 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Searching for a Cold War Soundtrack

I am looking to make a music playlist that recaptures that '89 cold war, fall of communism feel. Think Scorpions - Wind of Change. [more inside]
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE on Aug 5, 2008 - 23 answers

Need help finding an sci-fi story.

Seeking out a sci-fi short story I read some time ago and would like to find again. [more inside]
posted by killThisKid on Aug 23, 2007 - 6 answers

Cold War chills in the warm sun

Give me the Cold War chills, please. I'm going on vacation soon and I would like to settle down on the beach with a really juicy espionage novel, preferably something about the Cold War, something suitably dense, complex, panoramic and violent. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by gentle on Aug 9, 2007 - 37 answers

Fiction in which the US has all the bombs?

Is there an alternate history novel about the US as sole possessor of nucear weapons? [more inside]
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg on May 30, 2007 - 8 answers

Ah, the good ol' days - nothing to worry about but a lingering death from radiation poisoning

Nuke related songs of the 80s and 90s. [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Apr 3, 2007 - 66 answers

Magic movie communist Volvos?

Asking for friend: Watching The Lives of Others, a movie taking place in East Germany during the Cold War, I noticed that a limousine in the movie was a Volvo. I have also noticed that other movies set in the Eastern Bloc show cars made by Western nations. Is this an oversight by the movie makers, or were these cars actually available at these times?
posted by dreamyshade on Feb 21, 2007 - 4 answers

Yes, but how many *seconds* to midnight?

So how close exactly were we to nuclear war? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Dec 9, 2006 - 17 answers

Short final for Red Square

Is this photograph of Mathias Rust's plane faked? [more inside]
posted by tss on Mar 16, 2005 - 14 answers

Astronaut vs Cosmonaut

Etymology question: astronaut vs. cosmonaut. Why are there two separate terms for the same thing? Is the distinction just a Cold War relic? It always seemed a little redundant to me. What about "taikonaut"?
posted by mkn on Feb 22, 2004 - 4 answers

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