An important and timely visit back to two countries' communist past
A plain English account of Czechoslovakia's communist past by two experts with deep roots in the region, this book arrives at an important moment. A growing number of people say that the Velvet Revolution, which brought the end of communism in 1989, doesn't resonate with them personally, while others can't name key figures from the uprising. And yet communism remains arguably the dominant factor underpinning contemporary politics. Enter "Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain."
There are any number of densely worded academic texts about communism, from its economic regime to its role in international relations. Accounts of what life was like for ordinary citizens are less easy to come by. This accessible book examines aspects of life under communism in Czechoslovakia while also filling out the context, which was one of Soviet determination to ensure loyalty to the ideology. Both those eager to understand more about this region's divisive moment in political and civic life, as well as those simply interested in fascinating episodes in history, will find much to learn and discuss here.