At the end of the 1980s, the Soviet army is being universally modernised, observed closely by western military intelligence in East Germany. Weapons-scouts in the field are constantly on duty, as are agents in high command or in intelligence service stations, for instance in the autumn of 1983, as NATO is practising new procedures of nuclear release. Moscow is concerned the exercise could be the beginning of a nuclear first strike. It takes a double agent to clear up this dangerous misunderstanding.
During the Cold War, tensions between East and West mount alarmingly. In consequence, western intelligence services shift their focus on East Germany as the Warsaw Pact's major deployment zone. Nowhere else did western services get as close to Soviet military equipment. Their prime targets are missiles, nuclear depots and airbases. At the same time, the KGB, as well as Soviet military intelligence, were sending their spies to reconnoitre NATO forces in the West. The game of spies was in full swing.
Prominent Aussies reflect on the moon landing - the triumph of human achievement. Using footage not seen since that momentous day, John Barron documents the aftermath as Apollo 11 astronauts made their way around our nation.
Despite the 1960s free-love and alternative culture, many women found that their lives and expectations had barely altered. But by the 1970s, the Women's Liberation Movement was causing seismic shifts in the march of the world's events, and women's creativity and political consciousness was soon to transform everything - including the face of publishing and literature.
Since 1680 in Britain, and adopted in Australia just over a century later, the postal system was post-paid. That meant, the recipient paid for the letter. The system was expensive and vulnerable to fraud. James Raymond, colonial postmaster-general of NewSouth Wales, introduced the world's first pre-paid postal system selling envelopes marked with the post office's stamp for use throughout Sydney.
From Pong to Google, this episode examines how tech innovations and digital culture have profoundly shaped every aspect of Gen Xers' lives.
The episode examines how growing up in an era of nuclear fears and Cold War secrecy has led gen Xers to distrust power.
We'll explore the development of the Generation X sensibility, looking back at the historical events and social forces that made them Gen X-ers.
Through a combination of populist charm and brutal violence, Idi Amin managed to rule Uganda for eight years. But how did he rise from his humble beginnings and build such a powerful dictatorship? Alternative title: The Dictator's Playbook.
He was the most feared man in Panama with connections ranging from Fidel Castro to the US Government; but exactly how did Noriega rise from poverty to become a dictator? Alternative title: The Dictator's Playbook.
An exploration of the methods and tactics of Generalissimo Francisco Franco, who controlled Spain with absolute power for four decades and whose victims are still being exhumed to this day. Alternative title: The Dictator's Playbook.
This one hour special is the first major documentary retrospective on the epoch-changing decade of the 2000s. Featuring contributions from the likes of Donald Trump, Sharon Osbourne, Bill O'Reilly, Michael Moore, Randy Jackson, Carson Kressley and Dick Cheney - it tells the story of the second half of the decade using rare archive film and revealing eyewitness testimony. We hear of the "near-smartphone-suicide" at the launch of the first iPhone, and witness the versatility and pitfalls of social media and how it creates multiple realities - realities that are unified with the death of Michael Jackson.
A master of propaganda, Mussolini delivered bombastic speeches in which he idealized a fascist culture and promised to return Italy to the grandeur of Ancient Rome. Instead, he created a dictatorship and kept his grip on power for two long decades. Alternative title: The Dictator's Playbook.
This one hour special is the first major documentary retrospective on the epoch-changing decade of the 2000s. Featuring contributions from the likes of Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, Sharon Osbourne, Bill O'Reilly, Michael Moore, Randy Jackson and Dick Cheney - it tells the story of the first few years of the decade using rare archive film and revealing eyewitness testimony. Beginning with the threat of anthrax letters in America and the crash of the Concorde in France, it takes us through the rise of video effects in movies and video games to the rise of celebrity reality shows starting with The Osbournes, and through the search for Osama bin Laden.
Through his brutal use of violence, intimidation and torture, Saddam Hussein managed to rule Iraq for nearly a quarter of a century. Few dictators loom so large in recent history, so how did he? Alternative title: The Dictator's Playbook.
After taking power in 1950, Kim's regime attempted to shape every aspect of its citizens' lives, down to their very perception of reality. Now, see the methods used by Kim Il-sung to transform North Korea. Alternative title: The Dictator's Playbook.
Tragedy strikes again when Bobby Kennedy is assassinated. Ted Kennedy must overcome scandal and misfortune to continue the family legacy and pass the baton to the next generation.
Based on the real-life showdown that occurred when an American professor was forced to prove that the Holocaust happened when she was sued by a notorious English Holocaust denier.
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