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Life Behind the Iron Curtain

Explore this fascinating collection of 13,624 files documenting every aspect of life in Eastern Europe throughout the Cold War.

Originally gathered by the UK Foreign Office and their embassies and consulates, and sourced entirely from The National Archives, U.K., these documents provide a uniquely comprehensive, English-language history of post-Stalinist Eastern Europe. Content covers nine regions with information on a huge range of topics and events.

The advanced search functionality has been built to facilitate both teaching and research, making this an ideal resource for those studying and researching a broad range of subjects, including politics, international relations, history and cultural studies.

DOWNLOAD BROCHURE

Here you can view a full list of events and themes covered in each module, as well as information on the editorial board and how the resource supports learning and librarians.

VIEW SAMPLE DOCUMENTS

After completing this short form you will receive a range of sample documents taken directly from the resource.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

- Gain access to exclusive teaching aids
- Watch our Living Archive mini-series
- How-to guides on using primary source collections

"Cold War Eastern Europe is a truly indispensable resource for students and academics alike studying the history of Eastern Europe, Communism and the Cold War. Due to the high quality of British diplomatic reporting, the collection will immensely enhance comparative research of the Soviet Bloc countries' history"

Csaba Békés, Research Chair, Centre of Social Sciences, Institute for Political Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest.

Module IV: 1976-1982: COMING SOON

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