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The Curtain and the Wall: A Modern Journey Along Europe's Cold War Border (Paperback)Timothy Phillips (author)
Walking the length of the former Iron Curtain from the Arctic Circle to Turkey, Phillips chronicles the transformations and upheavals Europe has undergone since the fall of the Soviet Union through insightful interviews with the continent's citizens.
The Iron Curtain divided the continent of Europe, north to south, with the Berlin Wall as its most visible, infamous manifestation. Since the Cold War ended and these borders came down, Europe has transformed itself. But we cannot consign the tensions and restrictions of the past to history.
At a time when Russia is once again making war and when divisions elsewhere in Europe are on the rise, these old fault lines have new resonance. What do the Curtain and the Wall mean today? What have they left in their wake? In this major new book, Timothy Phillips travels the route of the Iron Curtain from deep inside the Arctic Circle to the meeting point of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.
He explores the borderlands where the clash of civilisations was at its most intense between 1945 and 1989, and where the world's most powerful ideologies became tangible in reinforced concrete and barbed wire. He looks at the new Europe that emerged from the ruins.
The people he meets bear vivid witness to times of change. There are those who look back on the Cold War with nostalgia and affection. Others despise it, unable to forgive the hard and sometimes lost decades that their families, friends and nations endured. In these historic landscapes lie buried many of the seeds of our world's current disputes - over borders, and about belonging and the meaning of progress.
The Curtain and the Wall transports the reader across 5,000 kilometres of Europe and through eight decades, to show how one of the defining stories of the 20th century continues to shape our world today.
Publisher: Granta Books
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 322 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm
'An account not only of how the Cold War frontiers were drawn, guarded or penetrated by brave escapers, but - more importantly - of how often they were rendered discreetly porous by all kinds of compromise ... fascinating.' - Neal Ascherson
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“Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant.”
The Curtain and The Wall is a fantastic bit of history/travel writing and is probably in line to be one of my 2022 non fiction books of the year.
Author travels from the very north of the Iron Curtain to the very... More
“A brilliant insight into 20th Century European history!”
Timothy Phillips has written a travel masterpiece! Thorough yet concise; humorous yet sensitive and thought-provoking; and most importantly containing clarity and neutrality. This is a wonderful history and travel... More
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