ISBN-10:
0199239681
ISBN-13:
9780199239689
Pub. Date:
11/16/2009
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War

Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War

by Patrick WrightPatrick Wright
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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199239689
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/16/2009
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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
Part I: CARRYING ON IN MISSOURI
1. Bullet's big day
2. In the name of the common people
3. Prophecy and hindsight
Part II: FROM DRURY LANE TO THE THEATRE OF THE WEST (1914-1918)
4. First call
5. Dividing Europe's horizon
6. The Belgian variation
7. In defence of otherness
Part III: WRAPPING RED RUSSIA (1917-20)
8. First delegation
9. Not just a frontier
10. Relocating the Allied blockade
11. Fact-finding with limousines
Part IV: THE BROKEN INTERNATIONAL (1921-1927)
12. The view from Locarno
13. Snapshots from a land of contrasts
14. Comrade Bukharin's version
Part V: STALIN'S RING OF TRUST (1927-1939)
15. No end to the Potemkin complex
16. Friends against famine
17. Steeled minds and the God that failed
Part VI: SUCCESSION AND AFTERLIFE
18. Sliding back to Churchill
19. After the crossing
Afterword: Gone with the Berlin Wall?
Acknowledgements
Appendix 1: 'Bach's Christmas Music in England and in Germany', by Vernon Lee
Appendix 2: 'The Refreshment Room at Narva', by Charles Roden Buxton
Notes
Index

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