Eloise Bertil 00:00, May 31, 2023

Review the History topics of the 2023 patent and the 2023 bac at any time, it's possible with podcasts! Whether you are a student, teacher or a worried parent, discover our selection of episodes of the podcast "At the heart of history" by historian Virginie Girod on the Cold War, one of the major chapters of school curricula, and learn History more easily!


Bac or patent, it is high time to start the revisions! Discover 4 episodes of the podcast "At the heart of history" to know the essence of the program on the Cold War between 1947 and 1991: the new world order after the end of the war in 1945, the first crises due to the bipolarization of the world, the awareness of the nuclear risk and détente, then the "balance of terror" and the exhaustion of the USSR.

On the Cuban crisis ➜ Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban communist revolution

In the 1950s, the United States and the USSR sought to impose their vision of the world and their way of life: capitalism on the one hand, communism on the other. Originally, Cuba was allied with the United States. But in 1959, after two years of guerrilla warfare, Fidel Castro's rebel army seized power. The diplomatic isolation of the country and the radicalization of the communist movement, reforms implemented by Castro's revolutionaries, made Cuba a perfect ally for the USSR. Cuba became the epicenter of the Cold War. In May 1962, Khrushchev, the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR, decided to transport nuclear missiles to Cuba. Because from this strategic position in Cuba, the Soviets can reach any territory of the United States...

On the "hunt for reds" ➜ Edgar Hoover and the FBI's illegal eavesdropping system

In the midst of the Cold War, the "red scare" took hold of the United States. In a campaign speech, Senator Joseph McCarthy portrayed communism as a global danger. He launched a movement that would lead to a "witch hunt" to unmask the communists who worked within American institutions. Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI, is in charge of monitoring and interviewing federal employees to test their loyalty. Several hundred officers were fired. But Hoover doesn't stop there. He is now interested in Hollywood and intellectual circles to investigate public figures who would have links with communists: Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Albert Einstein ...

On the space race ➜ Apollo 13, the third American mission to the Moon

Since the perfecting of missiles during World War II, scientists have begun to look to the sky. Each of the two superpowers is fighting for hegemony over the world. However, thanks to satellites, space is also a place that allows the control and circulation of information. In 1957, the Soviets put into orbit the first satellite, Sputnik1, and in 1959, they became the first to fly over the Moon. Each time, they are only a few months ahead of the Americans but they are well and truly one step ahead... To regain the upper hand on the conquest of space, President Kennedy launches the Apollo program, heading for the Moon. But the third attempt to send men to the Moon will quickly turn into a rescue mission...

On the arms race ➜ Chernobyl, the largest nuclear accident in history

In 1986, the world was polarized. The United States and the USSR are engaged in a merciless battle to increase their sphere of influence. Europe finds itself caught in the crossfire. The two superpowers are each developing nuclear deterrent weapons to maintain the status quo. The Chernobyl disaster will be the turning point that will open the eyes of the world to the terrible consequences that nuclear energy can have. On the night of 25 to 26 April 1986, reactor No. 4 of the Chernobyl power plant exploded. The Soviets will have to improvise solutions to limit the leakage of radioactive particles into the atmosphere and secure the site to prevent a second explosion that would make Europe uninhabitable...

Discover every week in "Au cœur de l'Histoire" the crazy stories of those who have marked history, from Christopher Columbus to Napoleon Bonaparte via Emile Zola. This podcast is for history buffs but also for those looking to learn history easily. Whether you want to strengthen your general knowledge, or revise a history lesson seen in class without going through textbooks, "At the heart of history" awaits you on listening platforms!

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