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  • Book Review: Nature and the Iron Curtain: Environmental Policy and Social Movements in Communist and Capitalist Countries, 1945–1990. Edited by Astrid Mignon Kirchhof and J. R. McNeil. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019. viii + 312 pp. Tables, notes, and index. Cloth $40.00.

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Book Review: Nature and the Iron Curtain: Environmental Policy and Social Movements in Communist and Capitalist Countries, 1945–1990. Edited by Astrid Mignon Kirchhof and J. R. McNeil. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019. viii + 312 pp. Tables, notes, and index. Cloth $40.00.

Environmental History. 2020. Vol. 25. No. 3. P. 550-552.

We now know that the Iron Curtain was not an impenetrable wall but, rather, a porous imaginary boundary through which people, ideas, and goods could travel. This volume is a fresh attempt to look across two blocs to examine variations, similarities, and connections between what we used to call East and West. As editors Astrid Mignon Kirchhof and John R. McNeill explain in the introduction, the volume aims to challenge a traditional question about the East-West divide. It focuses on the environment and its connections to politics, culture, and society.