The Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis: A Russian Perspective with Vadim Malinovsky - Context Travel

The Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis: A Russian Perspective with Vadim Malinovsky


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Historian Vadim Malinkovsky brings a Russian perspective to this exploration of the Cold War tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States of America. Looking at the main events and key strategies, we will discuss the principal political leaders and their decision making during the unfolding of events whose impact was felt across the world stage.

The Cold War is not considered a real war by some historians. But, like any true conflict, it had heroes, victims, victories, and losses. Geopolitical tensions between the Eastern and Western Bloc countries continued to rise in the years after World War II and before the collapse of the USSR. But the period is referred to as “cold” because no actual combat ensued between the superpowers on either side of the divide, even if both countries supported regional conflicts directly and indirectly. The Cuban missile crisis unfolded over two weeks in October 1962, following the discovery of nuclear-capable Soviet missiles on the island of Cuba, off the coast of the United States. The confrontation that followed took the two superpowers closer to war and nuclear conflict than at any other time during the Cold War.

We will look at the Cold War from the Russian perspective and in a historical context. Then we will discuss Soviet justifications for their attempted expansion to the West. We will analyze the primary victories and losses on the battlefields of proxy-wars, in the space race, in sports, culture, and related propaganda.

Led by a historian, Vadim Malinovsky, this seminar will take a deep dive into the history of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the reasons why the USSR lost in the Cold War as well as how it still affects contemporary Russian policy.

Vadim is a historian (MA) who has graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University. His focus is contemporary Russian history. He is working on a PhD dissertation on Stalin’s national policy.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Vadim does an excellent job of setting the context of the Cold War and how it relates to the Cuban Missile Crisis. This was one of the best Context lectures.

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Lots of information! A very encompassing view of the main events during the long decades of the Cold War. Vadim clearly put a lot of work into this Conversation. However, the title is misleading. This is NOT about the Cuban missile crisis; it is an overview of the most significant moments of the Cold War of which Cuba is just another episode. Only about 5 minutes were about Cuba. His presentation took the whole time with very few minutes for questions. I understand that the amount of material is enormous. I appreciated Vadim's effort at putting all this together. I learned a lot, but practically nothing about Cuba, which was the main reason I signed for this Conversation. I think it should be retitled to reflect the content more accurately.

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Vadim does an excellent job of setting the context of the Cold War and how it relates to the Cuban Missile Crisis. This was one of the best Context lectures.

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Lots of information! A very encompassing view of the main events during the long decades of the Cold War. Vadim clearly put a lot of work into this Conversation. However, the title is misleading. This is NOT about the Cuban missile crisis; it is an overview of the most significant moments of the Cold War of which Cuba is just another episode. Only about 5 minutes were about Cuba. His presentation took the whole time with very few minutes for questions. I understand that the amount of material is enormous. I appreciated Vadim's effort at putting all this together. I learned a lot, but practically nothing about Cuba, which was the main reason I signed for this Conversation. I think it should be retitled to reflect the content more accurately.

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