Daily Life Behind the Iron Curtain

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ABC-CLIO, 2013 - History - 243 pages
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Part of Greenwood's Daily Life through History series, " Daily Life behind the Iron Curtain" enables today's generations to understand what it was like for those living in Eastern Europe during the Cold War, particularly the period from 1961 to 1989, the era during which these people--East Germans in particular--lived in the imposing shadow of the Berlin Wall.

An introductory chapter discusses the Russian Revolution, the end of World War II, and the establishment of the Socialist state, clarifying the reasons for the construction of the Berlin Wall. Many historical anecdotes bring these past experiences to life, covering all aspects of life behind the Iron Curtain, including separation of families and the effects on family life, diet, rationing, media, clothing and trends, strict travel restrictions, defection attempts, and the evolving political climate. The final chapter describes Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin wall and the slow assimilation of East into West, and examines Europe after Communism.

 

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Contents

Eastern Europe under Communism
1
The Rise of Communism Fascism and Nazism
17
The Berlin Wall Goes Up
31
The Rules of the Iron Curtain
47
Many Resist and Pay the Price
81
Were Getting Out of Here Escape Attempts from the East
109
Depictions of European Communism in Movies
129
The News Medias Role under Communism
151
The Final Years of European Communism
169
November 9 1989 The Night of the Mauerfall
183
Russia and Germany after the Wall
203
Selected Bibliography
227
Index
231
About the Author
245
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Jim Willis, PhD, is professor of journalism at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA. He is a former chair of the Department of Communication at Boston College, and the Department of Journalism at Ball State University.