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Iron curtain : the crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

Author: Anne Applebaum
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st United States edView all editions and formats
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In the follow-up to her previous book "Gulag," the author, a journalist, delivers a 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. Josef Stalin and his secret police set  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Applebaum
ISBN: 9780385515696 0385515693 9780713998689 0713998687
OCLC Number: 776519682
Description: xxxvi, 566 pages, [28] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. False dawn : Zero hour ; Victors ; Communists ; Policemen ; Violence ; Ethnic cleansing ; Youth ; Radio ; Politics ; Economics --
pt. 2. High Stalinism : Reactionary enemies ; Internal enemies ; Homo Sovieticus ; Socialist realism ; Ideal cities ; Reluctant collaborators ; Passive opponents ; Revolutions --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Anne Applebaum.

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Once the Nazis were defeated in 1945, the people of Central and Eastern Europe expected to recover the lives they had led before 1939. This book explains how Communism was imposed on these previously  Read more...

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Iron Curtain is an exceptionally important book which effectively challenges many of the myths of the origins of the Cold War. It is wise, perceptive, remarkably objective and brilliantly researched. Read more...

 
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