What brought a thaw in the Cold War?

As the Second World War's uneasy alliances unravelled, a new world emerged: of east vs west and of global conflicts as the superpowers vied for influence. From dark days to moments of hope, David Reynolds traces the Cold War from 1961 to 1991

West Berlin inhabitants wave at the newly erected Berlin Wall, 1961. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the July 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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