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The Icon Curtain: The Cold War's Quiet Border

Yuliya Komska


The Iron Curtain did not exist. Instead, it comprised multiple regional segments, many in the grip of divergent historical and cultural forces for decades, if not centuries. The first cultural studies account of the border’s landscape, The Icon Curtain straddles the woods between Czechoslovakia and West Germany to uncover a far-reaching genealogy of one such section and debunk the stereotype of the unprecedented mid-twentieth-century partition. The book transports the reader to the western edge of the lore-filled Bohemian Forest—one of Europe’s oldest borderlands. There, between the 1950s and ... More

Keywords: Iron Curtain, Cold War, West Germany, Czechoslovakia, border, landscape, forest, representations, expellees, cultural studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226154190
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226154220.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yuliya Komska, author
Dartmouth College

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