Lies, Spies and Secret Ties: The Cold War Around the World
With Alex White
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Cold War defined the world - and even came close to ending it. But how was the conflict experienced outside of major powers like the United States and Soviet Union? Cold War politics influenced decolonisation in Africa and Asia, development in Latin America and revolution in China and the Middle East - were smaller nations merely puppets of the superpowers, or could influential groups use propaganda, spycraft and cultural diplomacy to manipulate the wider Cold War to their own ends?
In this session, we'll explore the Cold War as it was experienced across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Pupils will use critical thinking skills and close reading to uncover the motives behind real examples of Cold War 'fake news' and learn some of the skills which modern historians are using to tell new stories about the global past.