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Curtain of Lies: The Battle over Truth in Stalinist Eastern Europe

Melissa Feinberg


Curtain of Lies examines the role of truth in the political culture of the Cold War by looking at Eastern Europe during the period from 1948–1956. It examines how actors on both sides of the Iron Curtain tried to delineate the “truth” of Eastern Europe and how this worked to set the parameters of knowledge about the region. Eastern Europe’s Communist governments, under the guidance of the Soviet Union, tried to convince their citizens that the West was the land of imperialist warmongers and that Communism would bring a glorious future to the region. Their propaganda efforts were challenged by ... More

Keywords: Eastern Europe, Cold War, Stalinism, propaganda, totalitarianism, Radio Free Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190644611
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190644611.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Feinberg, author
Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University