Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War

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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.

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Patrick Wright is a Professor at the Institute for Cultural Analysis at Nottingham Trent University, and a fellow of the London Consortium.

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"An insightful book about a formidable metaphor we thought we knew so well."--Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Journal of American History


"In this leisurely, searching footnote to history, Wright examines one of its little fibs and fudges: the authorship of the pregnant phrase 'iron curtain'.... A strange corner of the Cole War explored, to fascinating result."--Kirkus Reviews


"Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War is a superbly researched and written exploration of a term which dominated the mindset of the West for half a century. It is an exhilarating journey and one which captivates the reader's attention from beginning to end."--Marcus Papadopoulos, Tribune (UK)


"Always erudite." -- American Communist History


"The book's narrative thread meets itself coming and going. It is at once fun, challenging and disorienting...overall it is well worth the journey."--Diplomatic History


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