First edition. - College Station : Published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press, 
Book — 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The Iron Curtain as semipermeable membrane: origins and demise of the Stalinist superiority complex / Michael David-Fox
The taste of red watermelon: Polish peasants visit Soviet collective farms, 1949-1952 / Patryk Babiracki
The Western wall: the Iron Curtain recast in midsummer
1951 / Nick Rutter
Socialist encounters: Albania and the transnational Eastern Bloc in the 1950s / Elidor Mëhilli
The Soviet-South encounter: tensions in the friendship with Afro-Asian partners, 1945-1965 / Constantin Katsakioris
Meeting at a far meridian: American-Soviet cultural diplomacy on film in the early Cold War / Marsha Siefert.
Approaching the early decades of the "Iron Curtain" with new questions and perspectives, this important book examines the political and cultural implications of the communists' international initiatives. Building on recent scholarship and working from new archival sources, the seven contributors to this volume study various effects of international outreach-personal, technological, and cultural-on the population and politics of the Soviet bloc. Several authors analyze lesser-known complications of East-West exchange; others show the contradictory nature of Moscow's efforts to consolidate its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe and in the Third World.An outgrowth of the forty-sixth annual Walter Prescott Webb Lectures, hosted in 2011 by the University of Texas at Arlington, Cold War Crossings features diverse focuses with a unifying theme. (source: Nielsen Book Data)