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In the long-awaited follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag, acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed in frightening fashion the individuals who came under its sway. At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union to its surprise and delight found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism, a completely new political and moral system. In Iron Curtain, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete. She draws on newly opened East European archives, interviews, and personal accounts translated for the first time to portray in devastating detail the dilemmas faced by millions of individuals trying to adjust to a way of life that challenged their every belief and took away everything they had accumulated. Today the Soviet Bloc is a lost civilization, one whose cruelty, paranoia, bizarre morality, and strange aesthetics Applebaum captures in the electrifying pages of Iron Curtain.

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Genre: History
Author: Anne Applebaum
Publisher: Anchor
Release: 2012-10-30
File: 608 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780385536431

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Discusses the forty-year competition between the United States and its allies and the Soviet Union and its allies.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Bruce L. Brager
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2004-01
File: 162 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780791078327

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Cold War history research of the recent years suggests that the East-West detente process of the 1970s was a more significant element than previously believed in understanding and explaining the processes, on both sides of the East-West divide, which led to the peaceful end of the Cold War in the late 1980s. This anthology is a contribution to this research. The dozen articles elucidate the European detente process from grass-root - as well as diplomatic - levels, including the Helsinki Conference Final Act of 1975 on respect of human rights and human contacts across the Iron Curtain of the Cold War. The articles are based on recently opened state and private archives from West and East Europe, as well as the US. They are written by a mix of internationally distinguished senior scholars and younger promising researchers from the US, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, and Denmark.

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Genre: History
Author: Poul Villaume
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
Release: 2010
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9788763525886

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'From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. . .' With these words Winston Churchill famously warned the world in a now legendary speech given in Fulton, Missouri, on March 5, 1946.Launched as an evocative metaphor, the 'Iron Curtain' quickly became a brutal reality in the Cold War between Capitalist West and Communist East. Not surprisingly, for many years, people on both sides of the division have assumed that the story of the Iron Curtain began with Churchill's 1946 speech.In this fascinating investigation, Patrick Wright shows that this was decidedly not the case. Starting with its original use to describe an anti-fire device fitted into theatres, Iron Curtain tells the story of how the term evolved into such a powerful metaphor and the myriad ways in which it shapedthe world for decades before the onset of the Cold War.Along the way, it offers fascinating perspectives on a rich array of historical characters and developments, from the lofty aspirations and disappointed fate of early twentieth century internationalists, through the topsy-turvy experiences of the first travellers to Soviet Russia, to thetheatricalization of modern politics and international relations. And, as Wright poignantly suggests, the term captures a particular way of thinking about the world that long pre-dates the Cold War - and did not disappear with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Genre: History
Author: Patrick Wright
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2009
File: 488 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780199239689

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Justice Behind the Iron Curtain is the first work to showcase communist Poland's judicial confrontation with the legacy of the Nazi occupation and its oppressive regime.

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Genre: Communism
Author: Gabriel N. Finder
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Release: 2018-10-18
File: 400 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781487522681

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Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Release:
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781434975485

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This compelling book describes how everyday people courageously survived under repressive Communist regimes until the voices and actions of rebellious individuals resulted in the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe.

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Genre: History
Author: Jim Willis
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
Release: 2013
File: 243 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780313397622

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From the mid-1950s onwards, the rise of television as a mass medium took place in many East and West European countries. As the most influential mass medium of the Cold War, television triggered new practices of consumption and media production, and of communication and exchange on both sides of the Iron Curtain. This volume leans on the long-neglected fact that, even during the Cold War era, television could easily become a cross-border matter. As such, it brings together transnational perspectives on convergence zones, observations, collaborations, circulations and interdependencies between Eastern and Western television. In particular, the authors provide empirical ground to include socialist television within a European and global media history. Historians and media, cultural and literary scholars take interdisciplinary perspectives to focus on structures, actors, flow, contents or the reception of cross-border television. Their contributions cover Albania, the CSSR, the GDR, Russia and the Soviet Union, Serbia, Slovenia and Yugoslavia, thus complementing Western-dominated perspectives on Cold War mass media with a specific focus on the spaces and actors of East European communication. Last but not least, the volume takes a long-term perspective crossing the fall of the Iron Curtain, as many trends of the post-socialist period are linked to, or pick up, socialist traditions.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Kirsten Bönker
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Release: 2016-09-23
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781443816434

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Genre: Communism
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Release: 1956
File: Pages
ISBN-13: UVA:X030806391

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TREE GOD - Behind the Iron Curtain is a novel based on a true story. In 1969 during the 'Cold War' years, Alan, a twenty one year old lad from Bolton set off to the Soviet Union to work as a Materials Engineer. During three astounding rollercoaster years in Mogilev, Belarus, he met people who would change his life forever; none more so than Larissa. Tree God is a journey of intrigue and self-discovery, which, told with the familiar northern dry wit gives the reader a sneak glimpse into the mysterious grey world behind the 'iron curtain'. Join Alan on his adventure as a naïve lad who stumbles into more than he bargained for in communist USSR. Apart from vivid memories that would last a lifetime just what was he bringing back with him......?

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Alan Hamer
Publisher: Tree God
Release: 2007
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781434322654

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