By Anna McWilliams

ISBN-10: 9186069780

ISBN-13: 9789186069780

The Iron Curtain was once obvious because the divider among East and West in chilly warfare Europe. The time period refers to a fabric fact however it is usually a metaphor; a metaphor that has turn into so robust that it has a tendency to mark our old realizing of the interval. throughout the archaeological research of 3 parts that may be thought of a part of the previous Iron Curtain, the Czech-Austrian border, the Italian-Slovenian border and the Berlin Wall, this learn investigates the connection among the cloth and the metaphor of the Iron Curtain.

“This paintings falls inside of what's often known as modern archaeology, a reasonably younger sub-discipline of archaeology. Few huge study tasks have to date been released, and strategies were defined as nonetheless a little experimental. during the fieldwork it's been attainable to recognize and spotlight the issues and possibilities inside modern archaeology. It has turn into transparent how the fabrics stretch either via time and position demonstrating the complicated technique of how the fabric that archaeologists examine might be created.”

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At this point the goal was to remove the wall in its entirety. After the wall came down and Germany unified major discussions were started of how Berlin should be developed in the future (see discussion in Huyssen 1997). A surge of redevelopment took off, eradicating the scars left in the landscape from 20th century conflict. What we see in Berlin today is what Huyssen calls the ‘desired identity’ (Huyssen 1997:68), the result of many conscious decisions of how Berlin should look and how the past should be portrayed.

This is the more 42 2: A PHYSICAL METAPHOR popular idea of the Iron Curtain which was portrayed in the media, both intentionally and unintentionally. This image was also used in films and media which helped to ‘stereotype’ the image. This idea of the Iron Curtain has also, to a much greater extent than the physical borders, changed as a result of political and historical developments and is still developing and changing today. ) The Iron Curtain was first ‘created’ in words by Churchill, then physically created and then again changed and recreated through words.

I also 29 AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE IRON CURTAIN carried out two trips to Berlin to make observations of what the remains of this wall look like and how it is treated today. The fact that many people consider the Berlin Wall to be the symbol of the Iron Curtain and Cold War division makes this an important site, however, by stepping out of this area it is also possible to get new perspectives and challenge some of the preconceptions that exist about the Iron Curtain. The fact that I did not start my research in Berlin was, I believe, important in challenging some of my own preconceptions of what the Iron Curtain was.

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