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Author(s): Zdeněk Hazdra
Subject(s): Editorial
Published by: Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů
Summary/Abstract: You have just opened the third edition of the English-language magazine Behind the Iron Curtain. It is comprised of articles published in the last three years (2012–2014) in the journal Paměť a dějiny (Memory and History), which is issued by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. I write this introduction just as the Czech Republic and other former Soviet Bloc states are marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain and systems based on the hegemony of communist or socialist parties. It is an occasion to assess how far we have come from that fateful moment and how much we know about the path taken by society in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in the 20th century (particularly in the period of totalitarian repression), how it changed society, and what insights can be gleaned from it today.

  • Page Range: 5-5
  • Page Count: 1
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: English