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Lawrence Freedman defends the BBC's Cold War series against charges from American conservatives of "moral equivalence" between the two superpowers.

The 24-part BBC 2 series The Cold War, which has now drawn to a close, has been greeted respectfully, even enthusiastically, by critics and academics in Britain. There was a time when academics steered clear of such ventures, fearing for their scholarly reputations. But I am happy to say, as a historical consultant to the series, that most historians now recognise the professionalism of our best documentary makers and the importance of film to the historical record. The combination of archive footage and interviews with participants in the events of the period was considered too traditional by some and the…

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