New book reveals events behind Iron Curtain
A 430-page collection of articles on the developments of Soviet Estonia in the context of the Cold War, edited by UT Professor of Estonian Contemporary History and academician Tõnu Tannberg, has been published. 14 Estonian researchers wrote on the topic.
“The Soviet Union emerged as a victor from the Second World War in 1945 and quickly established its dominance in eastern Europe and almost completely subjected the countries of the region to its control. Wartime cooperation with western countries broke down and instead a new stand-off between world powers evolved—the Cold War which remained a significant factor in the world’s development until the end of the 1980s,” the emergence of the Iron Curtain is described by UT Professor Tõnu Tannberg.
According to Tannberg, the Soviet Union and its satellite countries, along with the Baltic States which had been reoccupied in 1944, were shut behind the Iron Curtain. In post-war Estonia, being cut off from the western world caused extensive sovietisation of society and muzzling of intellectual life, the suppression of resistance, repressions, and the implementation of Soviet command economy.
“Enforcing and later operating the authority of Moscow in the Eastern bloc countries and the Baltic States which were reoccupied at the end of the Second World War was a complicated, multi-faceted and at times even controversial course of events which has not been covered substantially in historic research so far,” thinks Professor Tannberg.
The collection of articles entitled Behind the Iron Curtain. Soviet Estonia in the Era of Cold War comprises 14 articles which cover various aspects of the political, economic and cultural developments of Soviet Estonia during the Cold War.
The collection which was compiled in the course of the target topic “Estonia during the era of the Cold War” and the project “Estonian war history in the context of world military developments”, financed by the Ministry of Defence, was published by the renowned German academic publisher Peter Lang.
For more information, visit the website of the German academic publisher Peter Lang.
Additional information: Tõnu Tannberg, UT Professor of Estonian Contemporary History, editor, tel. 5228790, e–mail: tonu-andrus.tannberg [ät] ut.ee.