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Iron curtain : the crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 / Anne Applebaum.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: DJK45.S65 A67 2012

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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 out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism, a completely new political and moral system. In this book, the author 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 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 is captured in the pages of this book.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Applebaum, Anne, 1964-
    Published
    New York : Doubleday, c2012
    Locale
    Europe, Eastern
    Soviet Union
    Communist countries
    Edition
    1st United States ed
    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.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (p. [475]-541) and index.
    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.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9780385515696
    0385515693 (hardcover)
    Physical Description
    xxxvi, 566 p., [28] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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