Between the Wars, 1918–1941 (PBS, 1978)

Between the Wars, 1918–1941 (PBS, 1978)

  1. Versailles: The Lost Peace
  2. Return to Isolationism
  3. The First SALT Talks
  4. Radio Racism and Foreign Policy
  5. The Great Depression and Foreign Affairs
  6. FDR and Hitler, The Rise to Power
  7. FDR and Hitler, The Dynamics of Power
  8. America in the Pacific
  9. The Recognition of Russia
  10. Latin America
  11. The Italian-Ethiopian War
  12. The Spanish Civil War
  13. The Phony War
  14. FDR and Churchill
  15. Japan Invades China
  16. War Comes to Pearl Harbor

Documentary producer Alan Landsburg Productions created this series of 16 programs, with post-production at Neiman-Tillar Associates, about the history of diplomacy from 1919 – 1941 and how the world failed to learn the lessons of World War I which inevitably led to World War II.

This classic series follows the events that sparked the greatest conflict of the century, capturing the drama, the excitement and the ideological juxtapositions of these crucial years. Former CBS News correspondent and commentator Eric Sevareid, one of the world’s most respected figures in journalism, presents this extraordinary series featuring stunning original newsreels, soundtracks, and rare archival footage.

While America enjoyed itself in the Roaring Twenties, the world was changing. It was the era of Lucky Lindy, bootleg, Babe Ruth, Valentino and assembly-line Fords. It was also the time of market collapse, Klan meetings, demagogues abroad, Red Scares at home and bread lines. The best of times, the worst of times, and the times in which the United States reluctantly moved center stage.

Between the Wars is an innovative 16-part series that examines this crucial time as it progressed from the Armistice in 1918 to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Tour the globe and revisit all the crucial sites from the U.S., Japan, Russia and Europe. See and hear Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt like never before.

Host Eric Sevareid: He was there! Pioneering newsman Eric Sevareid was, for many, the voice of World War II. He was the first correspondent to report the French surrender to Germany, and was in the thick of combat throughout the Second World War. Uniquely qualified and knowledgeable, Eric Sevareid delivers the intensity and authenticity of someone who was present at every turn.

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