History Stories
CATEGORY: Cold War
How the Castro Family Dominated Cuba for Nearly 60 Years
April 18, 2018

In April 2018, it was announced that the island nation long ruled by dictator Fidel Castro and his family would get a new leader: Miguel Díaz-Canel. Read More

Was the Soviet Union’s Collapse Inevitable?
April 17, 2018

Some blame Mikhail Gorbachev for the collapse of the Soviet Union. But the economy and political structure were already in deep decay. Read More

The Surprising Human Factors Behind the Fall of the Berlin Wall
April 12, 2018

First came the botched press conference. Then the actions of an angry, tired secret police officer who thought he had nothing to lose. Soviet reaction wasn't good. Read More

Why the U.S. Has Spent 200 Years Flip-Flopping Between Isolationism and Engagement
March 16, 2018

What does the United States want to be to the world? Read More

The California Activists Who Scared the Soviets Away From the 1984 Olympics
February 21, 2018

The last time Russia skipped the Olympics, it was due to a fringe group encouraging mass defections of its athletes. Read More

The Things George Washington Worried About are Happening Today
February 16, 2018

The fears he raised about the future of the nation—including excessive debt, hyper-partisanship and foreign interference in elections—were remarkably prescient. Read More

Why Are North and South Korea Divided?
February 9, 2018

Why Korea was split at the 38th parallel after World War II. Read More

The Wrong Number That Launched the Santa Tracker
December 21, 2017

How an accidental call to NORAD's top-secret military hotline led to a Christmas tradition. Read More

We’ve Been Talking About World War III Since Before Pearl Harbor
October 10, 2017

And worrying about the bomb for even longer. Read More

Pigeon Cameras and Other CIA Cold War Spy Gear
September 18, 2017

At the CIA, tools of the espionage trade have ranged from to clothing cameras to dragonfly drones. Read More