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Introduction

By Dejan Djokic

Abstract

When Winston Churchill declared in his Fulton speech of March 1946 that ‘an iron curtain has descended across the [European] Continent’, he had coined a phrase which would become one of the most recognizable metaphors of the second half of the twentieth century. A continent divided by the Iron Curtain was how Europe was perceived popularly, but also within the community of historians and other scholars engaged in the study of post-war Europe. (The later metaphor of the Berlin Wall as the symbolic barrier between the two ideologies, and two worlds, was merely a variation on the same theme.

Topics: V146, V147, V220, V271
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.gold.ac.uk:3802
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