Last Days In Old Europe

Author: Richard Bassett
Editor: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780141979991
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Part memoir, part reflection, this book brings to life central Europe during the last 10 years of the Cold War. It begins in Trieste in 1979 where the resonances of the Habsburg Empire are still strong. The second part moves to the darker, claustrophobic world of Vienna in 1985, where the atmosphere of the Cold War seemed to infiltrate every brick of a city hovering between two worlds, and even the most seemingly harmless of culinary establishments masked the game of espionage between East and West. In the third part, the story shifts to Prague in 1989 during the dramatic, intoxicating days of the "velvet revolution" and the long-awaited opening up of the east. Revolution, when it came was from above rather than below: Moscow was far more engaged with events during those turbulent November weeks than is generally appreciated. Throughout the book we encounter a diverse array of glittering characters: penniless aristocrats, charming gangsters, even Amazonian blondes in the service of Eastern European spy agencies; fractious diplomatists and disinherited royalty supply a colorful supporting cast. With charm, wit and insight, Richard Bassett recreates through his personal encounters the elegy, farce and tragedy of Central Europe in the last days of communism.
Last Days in Old Europe
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Richard Bassett
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-02-27 - Publisher: Penguin Books

Part memoir, part reflection, this book brings to life central Europe during the last 10 years of the Cold War. It begins in Trieste in 1979 where the resonances of the Habsburg Empire are still strong. The second part moves to the darker, claustrophobic world of Vienna in 1985, where
Last Days in Old Europe
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Richard Bassett
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-01-31 - Publisher: Penguin UK

Selected as a Book of the Year in the TLS and Spectator The final decade of the Cold War, through the eyes of a laconic and elegant observer In 1979 Richard Bassett set out on a series of adventures and encounters in central Europe which allowed him to savour the
Prague Stories
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Richard Bassett
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-10-20 - Publisher: Everyman's Library

A gorgeously jacketed hardcover anthology of stories set in Prague, by an international array of brilliant writers. The Golden City of Prague has long been an intellectual center of the western world. The writers collected here range from the early nineteenth century to the present and include both Prague natives
Europe Old and New
Language: en
Pages: 266
Authors: Ray Taras
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-07-31 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Is Europe indeed uniting or instead falling apart as a result of anti-immigrant prejudices, a massive Islamic influx, and ancient intra-European hatreds? This innovative and engaging book explores this key question by examining the national and religious phobias and prejudices, antipathies and sympathies, stereotypes and heterotypes of Europe west and
The Rift Between America and Old Europe
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Peter Merkl
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-11-17 - Publisher: Routledge

This new book explains the recent rift between America and some of her oldest European allies, especially with Germany and France. Particular attention is devoted to the several competing interpretations of the Euro-American rift, for example, that Europeans were taken aback when American neo-conservative leaders scornfully rejected their well-meant offers