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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Burden of Decision

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A performance of the one-act play "Burden of Decision" at the Satire Theatre in Moscow. The play, written by Fyodor M. Burlastky, presents a dramatized behind-the-scenes view of the Kennedy administration during the Cuban missile crisis, and stars Andrei Mironov as John F. Kennedy. Footage also includes traffic passing theater, passerby looking at photos on display, patrons at box office, actors backstage, and audience seated in theater. Primarily in Russian, with some English conversation and music.

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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

Burden of Decision

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The first atomic explosion in the New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945, changed the world forever. This series chronicles these changes and the history of a new era. It traces the development of nuclear weapons, the evolution of nuclear strategy, and the politics of a world with the power to destroy itself.

In thirteen one-hour programs that combine historic footage and recent interviews with key American, Soviet, and European participants, the nuclear age unfolds: the origin and evolution of nuclear weapons; the people of the past who have shaped the events of the present; the ideas and issues that political leaders, scientists, and the public at large must confront, and the prospects for the future. Nuclear Age highlights the profound changes in contemporary thinking imposed by the advent of nuclear weapons. Series release date: 1/1989



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Burlatskii, Fedor Mikhailovich
Soviet Union
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
Satire Theatre (Moscow, Russia)
Cold War
Nuclear weapons
United States
Moscow, USSR
Global Affairs
War and Conflict
Mironov, Andrei, 1941-1987 (Performer)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Burden of Decision,” 04/05/1986, GBH Archives, accessed May 13, 2021,
MLA: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Burden of Decision.” 04/05/1986. GBH Archives. Web. May 13, 2021. <>.
APA: War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Burden of Decision. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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