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Know your enemy. So inveighed Richard Pipes, the great historian of Russia, in a mid-1970s warning to American policymakers about the dangers of détente. This was how he put it: ‘It is surely unreasonable to expect that the increase of US-USSR trade from $1 billion to, say, $5 billion a year, or agreements on joint medical research, or broadened (but fully controlled) cultural exchanges will wipe the slate clean of centuries of accumulated and dearly bought experience.’ He argued that fostering closer links through the Iron Curtain was an irrational policy, derived from the unfounded optimism that all countries and cultures were basically alike. 324 more words
It’s more than 30 years since I set off, still a teenager, to travel across Eastern Europe. It was 1981 and this was a journey through the ‘other’ part of my continent, a place that should have afforded me the familiarity of a developed First World landscape but an experience which was instead, at times, more strange and alien than travelling in Latin America or Asia. 1,541 more words
Here is an arial shot tracing the former wall through the city of Berlin.
I’m reposting this article in the Int’l Business Times, in which they’ve documented the 8,000 white balloons erected to trace the path of the former Berlin Wall from all different vantage points. 737 more words
May 8, 2013
Organized by the Eastern Bloc, Montreal’s multimedia exhibition centre, the Sight + Sound festival will exhibit installations and host performances by international digital media artists from around the world, beginning today. 891 more words
After allowing for loopholes throughout the summer, Hungary effectively disabled its physical border defenses with Austria on 19 August 1989 and, in September, more than 13,000 East German tourists escaped through Hungary to Austria.This set up a chain of events. 147 more words