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FRONTLINE; Guns, Tanks and Gorbachev


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Guns, Tanks and Gorbachev
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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Correspondent Hedrick Smith looks at the causes of recent violence in the USSR and explores the ramifications for future US-Soviet relations. In the Baltic nations of Latvia and Lithuania, Soviet troops are gunning down protesters while the world's attention is focused on the Persian Gulf War. The end of the Gorbachev era may be at hand. The consequences for the United States, for the people of the Soviet Union, and for the fragile anti-Iraq alliance are potentially enormous. Contains footage of the unrest in Riga, Latvia and Vilnius, Lithuania which resulted in deaths of protesters. Also contains coverage of street fighting in Georgia, as yet unreported in the Western press -- and US foreign policy during these tumultuous months.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Guns, Tanks and Gorbachev,” 02/13/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B6CEE75011A34FD6B444A0D7478E92B6.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Guns, Tanks and Gorbachev.” 02/13/1991. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B6CEE75011A34FD6B444A0D7478E92B6>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Guns, Tanks and Gorbachev. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B6CEE75011A34FD6B444A0D7478E92B6
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