The Road to Nineteen Eighty Four
Photographs charting events that influenced Orwell
While in POUM Orwell was under attack from supposed Stalinist comrades.This set him on the road to Nineteen Eighty Four.
The POUM was a non-stalinist militia fighting Franco's fascist insurgents. Photo from 1936
In the early years of the war, Orwell saw the Home Guard as a potential force for radical, even revolutionary change.
Home Guard in November 1942
The enthusiastic support in Britain for the Soviet Red Army's struggle troubled Orwell.
October 1942- Russian Trenchmortar crew run to take up new firing position in Stalingrad.
This conference & what appeared to Orwell as its division of the world among Great Powers inspired Nineteen Eighty Four
Political and Military leaders attend Tehran Conference in December 1943.
In an essay for Tribune called 'You and the Atom Bomb', Orwell foresaw a permanent stand off between dictatorial atomic powers.
Photograph of Atom Bomb dropped in Nagasaki, August 9th 1945.
At close of 1940s as the Cold War intensified, Orwell & others abandoned idea of a Third Force beyond America & Russia
Berlin Airlift 1948: A line of people watch as a supply plane arrives.
Orwell attacked the magazine Tribune for its attacks on Labour Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin's pro- American foreign policy.
Birth of NATO. British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin signs North Atlantic Treaty 4th Ap
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What led avowed socialist George Orwell to write a novel that is beloved of the Right?
First broadcast: 09 Feb 2013