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Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956 review À PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Anne Applebaum » 0 read & download download Ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Anne Applebaum Rn Europe Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism a completely new political and moral system In Iron Curtain Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Anne Applebaum 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 person. A well researched book but ultimately a major disappointment The author is connected with the neoconservative Legatum Institute as well as high ranking elements in the Polish establishment so if you are looking for a balanced account of Europe behind the Iron Curtain you shouldn t look for it here Problems include a narrow focus that concentrates only on the immediate postwar period as well as just three countries East Germany Hungary and Poland a failure to acknowledge that barmy as the communist system in central Europe was its instigators weren t all cynical sociopaths like Stalin and that some of them were making an honest attempt to rectify society s ineualities a too cosy appraisal of the regimes opposing forces fine in the case of dissidents and intellectuals but not in the case of the highly conservative clergy nor the freemasons both are portrayed as angelic forces and not since Boycey in Only Fools and Horses have the latter received such rave reviews the shooting down of easy targets such as Soviet realist architecture has she ever been to Milton Keynes or Sarcelles societal malfunction should we regard Detroit or Kinshasa as typical of capitalism per se and the lack of freedom what about Guantanamo Bay little mention of the catastrophic shock therapy that followed on from the fall of the Berlin Wall outside the scope of the book perhaps but it needs mentioning to put things in perspectiveThe sub Hayekian hectoring uickly becomes tiring and one suspects that some gullible publisher was strong armed into releasing this as a trade book when what we need is an even handed view of the entire 40 years of Communism in the Soviet client states of Eastern Europe

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Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956 review À PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Anne Applebaum » 0 read & download download Ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Anne Applebaum Al accounts translated for the first time to portray in devastating 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 Applebaum captures in the electrifying pages of Iron Curtain. The best work of modern history I have ever read says A N Wilson on the cover The cover praise is gushing as we get masterpiece from Oliver Kamm and at last the story can be told by Orlando Figes I have to say that I have come out of this book extremely disappointed and for many reasons The best work of modern history is as ridiculous a comment and as to Masterpiece Evans Reich trilogy just kills this book for the sheer brilliance of the telling of the subject as opposed to a limited focus on 3 nations and a constant dose of wide eyed polemic mixed in As to the story being finaly being told the story has been told countless times and if it was all new why the extensive bibliography There is no denying the appalling struggles with totalitarian communist regimes that the masses were forced to endure in the eastern parts of Europe after the fall of Nazi Germany The vast humanity that had endured Nazi suffering deserved better but that does not make this book with its wide eyed and bushy tailed presentation any better Lets take the chapter on Ethnic Cleansing as an example Russian soldiers treated the German civilians appallingly no doubt but the author seems shocked at times Why Had not the Germans just committed atrocity after atrocity on Russian civilians not only with the gun but by starvation and many other means Did the author expect some charity How naive The many examples of badly written prose is for me rather astonishing Lets take this statement about travel According to the Interior Ministry statistics only 9360 crossed the border for any reason in 1951 of whom only 1980 were travelling to capitalist countries Well yes We are reading about a country ravished by WW2 that not too far forward is a poverty stricken totalitarian regime with controls over the populace But what we get a couple of aghast onlys as if the then Polish government was going to conform to modern western freedom of travel The final chapter Revolutions finishes with a polemic on everyone being wrong This is not a writing on history at all and is out of place as to what the chapter should have been about And as to the Epilogue I just wonder the point I want history not another polemic aimed at a modern reader who still seems to think that there is a red menace out there I mean do others who have praised this book really in their heart feel that the eastern European countries were particularly liberal prior to Nazi and Communist takeovers after 1939 as implied by the author Free trade does not by itself make Poland to use as an example a liberal nation prior to 1939 This book is as big a failure as I have read in a long time The gushing praise just had me salivating but I am left very wanting There must be better books on this subject than this a book that to me is just a journalistic pursuit aimed at making a western audience reading the Murdoch Press and watching Fox News somehow think that their very way of life is till under attack

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Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956 review À PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Anne Applebaum » 0 read & download download Ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Anne Applebaum In the long awaited follow up to her Pulitzer Prize winning Gulag acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed in frightening fashion the individuals who came under its swayAt 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 Easte. The Hand of History There are not many jokes in communism Actually that s not uite true A case could be made that communism itself was a massive joke except those living under it dared not laugh or laugh only at their personal peril All humour in what used to be called the Eastern Bloc was inevitably of a subversive nature For as George Orwell wrote a thing is funny when it upsets the established order that every joke is a tiny revolution The revolutionaries did not want revolution they wanted total conformity Have you ever been in a situation or a place say a church or a library where something struck you as funny It may not be all that funny on later reflection but just try to contain a laugh when it wants to explode I ve been reading Anne Applebaum s masterly Iron Curtain the Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 56 a follow up to her eually masterly Gulag a History of the Soviet Camps There are not many laughs in that you may think But you are wrong I m not at all sure I could have survived the dull curtain of monotony that descended on Eastern Europe after 1945 for one simple reason I have an acute sense of humour You see I would have been overcome with explosive fits of laughter over the shear earnest pettiness of it all Imagine going in to a bookshop and seeing children s titles like Six Year Old Bronek and the Six Year Plan You leave uickly only to have your senses assaulted by a propaganda hoarding There it is just across the street boldly announcing Every artificially inseminated pig is a blow to capitalist imperialism Your lips are tightly closed the laughter is escaping like steam under pressure You don t want to be seen so you turn away to look at the latest civic art only to be confronted by a painting entitled The technology and organisation of cattle slaughter Was the Berlin Wall really brought down I wonder by a great outburst of laughter Sorry I should write the Anti Fascist Protection Wall to give its official title Yes there is humour in the story but the bigger picture is altogether bleak In picturing the history of communism in Eastern Europe I see a fa ade eaten hollow from within by termites In the end the whole thing simply collapsed under its inherent contradictions to borrow a piece of cherished Marxist terminology Let s be absolutely clear about one thing for people in places like Poland particularly Poland the Second World War did not end in 1945 The immediate joy of liberation simply gave way to an understanding that a new occupation had taken hold one that was to last for decades The expression Iron Curtain did not originate with Winston Churchill but it was he who was to give it greatest resonance in speech delivered in Fulton Missouri in March 1946 From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe Warsaw Berlin Prague Vienna Budapest Belgrade Bucharest and Sofia all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere and all are subject in one form or another not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Moscow Applebaum sets out her stall uickly She refuses to entertain the revisionist view that the imposition of communism throughout Central and Eastern Europe after 1945 was a countermove to American policy at the start of what was to become the Cold War No the importation of a Soviet style system was a deliberate ideological move all part of the greater revolutionary good As she uite rightly says there was a template already in place for this in the Soviet occupation of Estonia Latvia and Lithuania in 1940 states that had been consigned to Stalin under the terms of the Nazi Soviet Pact So far as Stalin was concerned there were also foreign policy advantages The new communist satrapies acted as a buffer zone in a period of growing East West tension More specifically an independent Poland would clearly have been a major political embarrassment to the Soviets doubtless demanding the return of those territories in the east of the country seized by Stalin in 1939 as part of his satanic bargain with Hitler For Poland it was a bleak choice between extinction and communism As always the road to hell begins with noble intentions Alongside the cynical little Stalins who had spent years licking the boots of their Master in Moscow there were genuine idealists people who believed in the lie They came as self perceived liberators ready to free the working classes from capitalist exploitation They expected to be welcomed in their establishment of a brave new world Unfortunately for them it had real people in it The truth came uickly the truth came in Poland In 1946 the people decisively rejected a communist backed referendum Perplexed the government rejected the people concluding that they had acted in some kind of incomprehensible spirit of resistance and complete ignorance Here I immediately fast forwarded to the events of June 1953 in East Berlin the first serious uprising against imposed communist rule Bertolt Brecht the playwright had hitherto served as the German Democratic Republic s tame intellectual and court poet But even he had enough offering comment on the worker state s suppression of the workers in his poem The Solution After the uprising of the 17th of JuneThe Secretary of the Writers UnionHad leaflets distributed in the StalinalleeStating that the peopleHad forfeited the confidence of the governmentAnd could win it back onlyBy redoubled efforts Would it not be easierIn that case for the governmentTo dissolve the peopleAnd elect another That would seem to serve as the very definition of the so called People s Democracies In the place of real people came a hollow cardboard illusion Applebaum is splendid in her treatment of the high politics in her description of the appalling stooges who reproduced the bleak apparatus of Stalinism in their respective spheres of influence personality cults purges camps bogus trials the whole depressing paraphernalia She also offers a description of the corrosive effects of communism on everyday life Any kind of personal or free expression even in the most minor forms of liberty was excised Popular consciousness was filled with the state and nothing but the state One small example serves here The scout movement was banned as were all other private societies In 1950 in Poland a seventeen year old girl met with friends from a former troop All were arrested and given jail sentences of two to five years Iron Curtain is a splendid piece of work witty perceptive thoroughly researched and superbly written I was impressed enough to consider it the most important book I ve read this year one that will make a lasting contribution to our understanding of this period in history a tragedy on which the final curtain has thankfully fallen My main criticism concerns the title It s not a comprehensive history of Eastern Europe between 1944 and 1956 as the title misleadingly suggests but principally a history of three countries behind the Curtain Poland East Germany and Hungary There is next to nothing on places like Romania where the whole communist experiment eventually descended to the most degenerate form Don t let that bother you The history we are given is first class a journey into a heart of darkness Iron Curtain is a book that is scholarly and accessible free of all condescension while losing nothing in the telling It s a commendable achievement I felt both exhilarated at deflated at the end especially after reading about the brutal suppression of the 1956 anti communist rising in Hungary which proved to all who were not blind that the liberation of 1945 was nothing but a lie I was exhilarated by the narrative and deflated by the fate of some of our fellow Europeans to whom history had dealt such a poor hand


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    [Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956] Free ñ Anne Applebaum The Hand of History There are not many jokes in communism Actually that’s not uite true A case could be made that communism itself was a massive joke except those living under it dared not laugh or laugh only at their personal peril All humour in what used to be called the Eastern Bloc was inevitably of a subversive nature For as George Orwell wrote a thing is funny when it upsets the established order; that

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    download Ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Anne Applebaum [Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956] Free ñ Anne Applebaum Anne Applebaum is a journalist and author of Gulag A History for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 She has written for many papers and publications and was a foreign correspondent for The Economist in the late 1980's when she covered the societal and political changes happening in Eastern Europe She is married to Radosław Sikorski Poland's former minister of foreign affairs and is now a Polish citizen Iron Curtain is a wel

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    read Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956 [Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956] Free ñ Anne Applebaum When I was a kid in Soviet school they told us Russian troops brought peace and prosperity to Eastern Europe countries and I believed in it but what 13 14 years old in totalitarian society could know Later I read lot of stuff and now I see picture much clearer we brought misery and raping to these countries First our soldiers not all of them but enough to discard it as one off raped women in all countries they liberated Then came dangerous

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    Anne Applebaum » 0 read & download [Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956] Free ñ Anne Applebaum Anne Applebaum's Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1945 1956 is a thoroughly researched and rewarding read Although I approached the book with some skepticism due to the author's association with prominent neoconservative organizations The Legatum Institute and the American Enterprise Institute and her husband's position as Foreign Minister of Poland he is an AEI alumnus too it was detailed and fair if vehemently anti Ru

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  • Iron Curtain The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 1956
  • Anne Applebaum
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  • 03 May 2020
  • 9780385515696