Years Of Crisis: 1958 - Ten Year anniversary and retrospective of the world from 1948-1958 hosted by Edward R. Murrow and featuring a panel of Commentators viewing the events.
December 29, 2010

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Chairman Mao - the reason China gave the world pause in the 1950's.


In this third installment of Years Of Crisis we're diving into 1958, which just so happened was the 10th anniversary of the series. Joining Edward R. Murrow was a group of Commentators whose beats covered the various global hot spots from 1948-1958. Each of them gave an assessment of how events changed the course of the world, from it's Post War (World War 2) environment to what it had become circa 1958. It appeared that every part of the globe had undergone some dramatic change in that ten year period, certainly not the least being the emergence of Communist China as a world power and the changing face of Asia in general. Africa was again a major topic of discussion, as were the developing relationships between France and Germany and the beginnings of the Common Market. Fading were the colonial powers, which began to see independence movements coming of age and spreading with Great Britain going through a reinvention of itself over the decade.

All in all, it's a fascinating document of the Post-War/Cold War world, and if it's a period of time you're the least bit curious about, worth checking out to see just how the evolution process took place in world politics.

Sometimes history just never ceases to amaze. Especially in retrospect.

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