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Bloc Life

Bloc Life

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Publisher BBC Active
Year 01/06/2019
Edition First
Pages 320
Version paperback
Readership level General/trade
Language English
ISBN 9781846076176
Categories European history, Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, The Cold War, Marxism & Communism
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There was life before the fall. 1989 was a year of astonishing and rapid change: the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and an end to an entire way of life for millions of people behind the Iron Curtain. Bloc Life collects first hand testimony of the people who lived in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Romania during the Cold War era, and reveals a rich tapestry of experience that goes beyond the headlines of spies and surveillance, secret police and political corruption. In fact, many of the people remember their lives under communism as 'perfectly ordinary' and even hanker for the 'security' that it offered. From political leaders, athletes and pop stars, to cooks, miners and cosmonauts, the stories collected in Bloc Life evoke the moods, preoccupations and experiences of a world that vanished almost overnight. This is a powerful and moving book evoking a way of life that seems long gone and far away, but was endured by millions of people less than 20 years ago, and just a few hundred miles away * The Mail on Sunday * The stories are by turns harrowing, miraculous and utterly compelling * The Sunday Times *

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