The Cuban Missile Crisis – 50 Years Later (Harvard iTunes U)

For 13 days in October 1862, the world watched and waited as two super-powers, the United States and the Soviet Union, held a nuclear stand-off over missiles positioned just 90 miles off of the coast of Florida. President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev engaged in high-stakes negotiation over nuclear arms during what would be termed the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Harvard University via iTunes U is offering an extensive course on the Cuban Missile Crisis, entitled: Cuban Missile Crisis: 50 Years Later. The course is described as follows:

The material presented offers a multi-media narrative of the related events leading up to, during, and after the Cuban Missile Crisis. With the 50th Anniversary of the Crisis approaching, this framework is designed for viewers to assess the lessons learned from the most dangerous moment in human history, when the United States and Soviet Union came to the precipice of nuclear war.

This module incorporates original historical documents, photos, videos, and audio clips — some of which have only recently been declassified. The material, and much more, is available on, a website created by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Beifer Center for Science and International Affairs to commemorate the anniversary.

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