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Starting with the original use of "iron curtain" to describe an anti-fire device fitted into theatres, this engaging volume tells the story of how the term evolved into a powerful metaphor that shaped the world for decades before the onset of the Cold War. Along the way, Wright 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 travelers to Soviet Russia, to the theatricalization 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 or the collapse of the Soviet Union. Published in paperback to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this brilliant culture history illuminates the life and legacy of this powerful metaphor.
Patrick Wright is a Professor at the Institute for Cultural Analysis at Nottingham Trent University, and a fellow of the London Consortium.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Paths Cross on the Jaroslaw Dabrowski
Carrying On In Missouri
Bullet's big day
In the name of the common people
Prophecy and hindsight
From Drury Lane To The Theatre Of The West (1914-1918)
Dividing Europe's horizon
The Belgian variation
In defence of otherness
Wrapping Red Russia (1917-20)
Not just a frontier
Relocating the Allied blockade
Fact-finding with limousines
The Broken International (1921-1927)
The view from Locarno
Snapshots from a land of contrasts
Comrade Bukharin's version
Stalin's Ring Of Trust (1927-1939)
No end to the Potemkin complex
Friends against famine
Steeled minds and the God that failed
Succession And Afterlife
Sliding back to Churchill
After the crossing
Afterword: Gone with the Berlin Wall?
'Bach's Christmas Music in England and in Germany'
'The Refreshment Room at Narva'
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