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Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe

Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe


Book Overview: Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe

In 1991, Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag, Iron Curtain and Red Famine, took a three-month road trip through the borderlands between the fallen Soviet Union and Europe--lands that became Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and Moldova. In her iconic reportage, which has become indispensable history, she captures the harrowing story of a region that is once again threatened by Russia.

An extraordinary journey into the past and present of the lands east of Poland and west of Russia--an area defined throughout its history by colliding empires. Traveling from the former Soviet naval center of Kaliningrad on the Baltic to the Black Sea port of Odessa, Anne Applebaum encounters a rich range of competing cultures, religions, and national aspirations.

In reasserting their heritage, the inhabitants of the borderlands attempt to build a future grounded in their fractured ancestral legacies. In the process, neighbors unearth old conflicts, devote themselves to recovering lost culture, and piece together competing legends to create a new tradition. Rich in surprising encounters and vivid characters, Between East and West brilliantly illuminates the soul of the borderlands and the shaping power of the past.

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Publication Date2017-06-13
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Anne Applebaum
Anne Applebaum is a distinguished journalist, historian, and renowned author who has made significant contributions to the discussions on international politics and history. An American and Polish citizen, she is distinguished for her meticulously researched historical accounts and her insightful discourse on current global matters. A Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Applebaum's works typically delve into the history of Central and Eastern Europe. Her most notable contributions include books like "Gulag: A History," which earned her the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction, and "Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956," demonstrating her profound understanding of the region's complex history. In addition to her extensive list of publications, she has also served as a columnist for The Washington Post, providing her expertise on contemporary global affairs. Applebaum’s work extends beyond writing, as she is a Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics, where she leads projects on 21st-century propaganda and disinformation. A highly respected thought leader, her unique ability to analyze history and link it to modern-day politics makes her an indispensable voice in today's international discourse.

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