Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This program chronicles the history of American involvement in warfare during the 20th century. Starting with the Spanish American War and ending with the Gulf War, the United States participated in a century of turmoil, marked by two world wars. Wars took a huge toll in lives and suffering in a steady course of conflict, punctuated by a few years of peace. The series evaluates the causes and costs of warfare in the last century. The end of World War II saw the beginning of the Cold War in which the two superpowers of the United States and the U.S.S.R. faced off in an ideological battle for world influence, offering aid, supplies, and manpower in various political struggles. But the threat of communism came not just from the Soviet Union. This episode examines the role of Chinese exponents of the philosophy, and how they affected events in Korea and Indochina. Archival film clips, photographs, news accounts, interviews, and scholarly commentary tell the story.
warfare, war, armed-forces, weapons, China, Cold-War, Communism, Korea, political-upheaval