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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Cold War
Cold War television documentary archive
Level of description
Collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
32 boxes (0.32 cubic metres)


Name of creator(s)

Jeremy Isaacs Productions

Administrative / Biographical history

The Cold War, a 24 part television documentary series conceived by Robert Edward (Ted) Turner, and produced by Jeremy Isaacs Productions for CNN (Cable News Network), broadcast on BBC2, 1998-1999.

Archival history

Transcripts of interviews with Richard Norman Perle (Mar 1997), and Roger Morris (Mar 1997) were missing from the main transcript series when archive was transferred.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Richard Melman, of Jeremy Isaacs Productions, London, 8 Jun 1999.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The Cold War television documentary archive consists of transcripts of 531 interviews concerning events of the Cold War - the political, ideological tension between the United States and the United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR), 1946-1989, following the end of World War Two, which while falling short of actual war between these two nations, was evident in their foreign and defence policies, and those of their allies.

Interviews were conducted with eyewitnesses from the US, USSR, Germany, Poland, Britain, Czechoslovakia, Italy, France, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Spain, Vietnam, Korea, China, Israel Egypt, South Africa, Angola, Cuba, Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and including politicians, policy makers and advisors, diplomats, journalists, academics, members of armed forces, dissidents, peasants, factory workers and civilians.

Events described include the Berlin blockade, 1948-1949, the Berlin Crisis, 1961, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Oct 1962, the Vietnam War, 1965-1975, the Korean War, 1950-1953, the Hungarian uprising, 1956, the Prague Spring, 1968, the nuclear arms race, 1945-1991, and Chinese communism, 1949-1972.

The collections also contains transcripts of a series of seminars on the Cold War, Oct 1995, as well as an incomplete series of files relating to individual episodes of the documentary series including annotated extracts of interview transcripts and other production information. (Transcripts in this section of the collection are mainly duplicates, however there are a small number which are not found in the main transcript series).

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in sections as described in scope and content. The interview transcripts, originally kept in chronological order of filming, have been arranged by country and then in chronological order.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue available online and in hard copy in the College Archives reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alison Field and Iain Mutch as part of the RSLP DOMIC project.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

May 2002


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  • Arms control
  • Arms race
  • Berlin Blockade, 1948
  • Collectivism
  • Communism
  • Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)
  • Defence
  • Disarmament
  • East West relations
  • Economic sanctions
  • Glasnost
  • Government
  • Government policy
  • Internal politics
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • International security
  • International tensions
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Peace
  • Political conflicts
  • Political crises
  • Political doctrines
  • Political leadership
  • Political science
  • Politicians
  • Politics
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)


  • Afghanistan, Middle East
  • Angola, Southern Africa
  • Bay of Pigs, Cuba, Caribbean
  • Chile, South America
  • China, East Asia
  • Czechoslovakia, Eastern Europe
  • El Salvador, Central America
  • France
  • German DR, Eastern Europe
  • Germany
  • Germany FR
  • Guatemala, Central America
  • Hungary, Eastern Europe
  • Israel, Middle East
  • Italy
  • Korea DPR, East Asia
  • Korea R, East Asia
  • Korea, East Asia
  • Latvia, Eastern Europe
  • Lithuania, Eastern Europe
  • London, England
  • Nicaragua, Central America
  • Pakistan, South Asia
  • Poland, Eastern Europe
  • South Africa, Southern Africa
  • Spain
  • USA, North America
  • USSR, Eastern Europe
  • Viet Nam, South East Asia

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