Tag: Cold War
BT Tower: London’s Most Underrated Landmark
For decades, the tallest building in London and a major tourist attraction was officially a government secret. Sam Marks dives into the history of the BT Tower.
Project Greek Island: Duck and Uncovered
In the 1950s, during the height of the Cold War, nuclear panic led to the creation of underground fallout shelters around the world–sometimes in unexpected places. Sam Marks tells the story of the creation of a classified nuclear bunker for members of the US government underneath an unassuming hotel.
Performing in the Theatre of the Cold War: Race, Jazz, and United States Foreign Policy
Written by Jack Bennett. What role did Jazz play in the Cold War? Jack Bennett discusses the often paradoxical enterprise of American State Department sponsoring international tours for its prominent Black musicians, to promote American values and liberties, with enduring racial discrimination and Jim Crow haunting in the background.
The Portland Spy Ring: The Remarkable Story of Love, Deceit, and Illegal Espionage
Written by Sally Dolphin. The presence of spies in suburban life during the 1950s did not seem probable. And yet, on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, one of the most successful Soviet spy rings was operating directly under the nose of MI5.
MK-Ultra: Mind-Control, LSD and the US Government
Written by Eva Campbell. MK-Ultra, sanctioned during the Cold War, was programme of convert experiments conducted by the US government to develop mind-control drugs. Eva Campbell explores the horrifying human cost of the operation, a period of history which remains shrouded in mystery.
Written by Jack Bennett. 1960s Seoul, and South Korea as a whole, was a beacon of anti-communism during the Cold War period, but how far can we see the political and social status of Seoul by looking at popular music culture?