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ॆ Free  Format Kindle Read @In Europe's Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond ॣ PDF by Robert D Kaplan ড ॆ Free Format Kindle Read @In Europe's Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond ॣ PDF by Robert D Kaplan ড Chapter IBucharest 1981The motion of travel relieves sadness The novel look of streets in novel countries The peace they seem to offer for our sorrows, remarks the early twentieth century Portuguese poet and existentialist writer Fernando Pessoa New surroundings prompt forgetfulness of old ones, and thus speed up the passage of time The moment I left the plane at Bucharests Otopeni airport, I exchanged a world of loud, intense colors in the sun blinded Middle East for one of a black and white engraving in the shivery, November hued Balkans Only hours removed, Israel was, nevertheless, already part of a distant, earlier existence.Otopeni was a marble and dirty glass blockhouse with passport officers in slummy cubicles A red star and photo of the dictator hung from the otherwise lonely walls I waited half an hour in the cold for a plywood seat in a bus to take me downtown Bare wiry branchesbeeches, poplars, and large leaved lindenscrackled in the steppe wind breaching the bus windows, signaling winter in the dead afternoon light under an iron vault of clouds The forest of deciduous treeshardly known in the Eastern Mediterranean I had just left and here dominantonly sharpened the sense of distance I had traveled So did the steep roofed houses that emerged as we entered a grand boulevard of the city, with their northern baroque influence and expectations of snow.For six years I had not traveled beyond North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean The times I had left Israel had only been for extended trips to Greece The return to whatin comparisonwas the north had a sudden and dramatic effect on me Nothing discourages thought so much as this perpetual blue sky, writes Andr Gide in The Immoralist It is said that when we think seriously, we think abstractly Gide suggests that a cold northern clime of leaden clouds encourages abstraction, and by inference, analysis and introspection For years I had held out the dream of living in a house on a Greek island in summer My first hours in Bucharest began a psychological journey that would culminate decades later in the quest to live in Maine in darkest winter With it would come a break in reading habits exchanging the glittering Mediterranean sensuality of Lawrence Durrell for the cold, economical passion of Thomas Mann leaving behind the occasional half baked, Grecian ecstasies of Henry Miller and discovering anew the realist discipline of that most essential Greek, Thucydides, and by progression, his twentieth century inheritors, Hans Morgenthau, Kenneth Waltz, and Samuel Huntington.You dont grow up gradually You grow up in short bursts at pivotal moments, by suddenly realizing how ignorant and immature you are Bucharest, as I rode in from the airport and saw the ashen, moldy faces of the bus driver and other Romanians aboard, crushed in their overcoats and winter hats with earmuffs and their worries, made me instinctually aware of all the history I had been missing the last half decade Here was a whole category of suffering foreign to the Levant.The gargantuan Scnteia building, grand in a Stalinist sort of waynamed after the Communist Party daily, The Sparkheralded the entrance to the city The 1950s Stalinist architecture with the courtyard statue of Lenin on a high plinth spiritually defeated everything around it Here, the next day, I would visit a Mr Tuiu in an empty concrete office to the right of the entrance this official of the Communist wire agency AgerPres advised me to be careful about anyone you talk to except whom he approved.Eroilor Aerului To the Heroes of the Air were the words emblazoned on the soaring monument on Piaa Aviatorilor Aviators Plaza , dedicated in 1935 to World War I fliers and other aviation pioneers, which I caught a glimpse of as the bus rumbled by I grasped immediately the word, making the connection with Beethovens Eroica Heroic or Third Symphony From the travel guides I knew that Romanian was a Latin language But the words on the monument made me abruptly, palpably aware of it just as the altogether bleak, wintry surroundings and virtually empty streets and boulevards made me palpably aware that I was in a part of the world not ordinarily associated with Latinity True, an exotic geography provided Romanian with elements of Slavic, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, and Roma, in addition to a Thracian substratumand yet the Latin basis was dominant Soon the bread and fuel lines began beyond Piaa Roman on Bulevardul General Gheorghe Magheru The silence of the streets was devastating as I alighted from the bus with my backpack on Strada Academiei The city had been reduced to a vast echo There were few cars, and everyone was dressed in the same shapeless coats and furry hats that evoked internal exile somewhere on the eastern steppe People clutched cheap jute bags in expectation of stale bread I looked at their faces nervous, shy, clumsy, calculating, heartrending, as if they were struggling to master the next catastrophe Those clammy complexions seemed as if they had never seen the sunlight.This was the beginning of a decade that would be among the worst in Romanian history, even if the political repression was actually suffocating in the 1950s, when the Communists under Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej had to establish total thought control over an ideologically hostile population A distinguished British historian would later write that in the 1980s Romanians had been reduced to an animal state, concerned only with the problems of day to day survival.The situation would deteriorate by stages with food, fuel, water, and electricity shortages worse than during World War I In late 1982, there was a widely circulating rumor that bread was deliberately held in the bakeries for twenty four hours before selling, so it would become stale and the population would buy less A local joke of the era If only the Russians invaded, then we would get to eat like the Czechs and get passports like the Hungarians By the middle of the decade, the buses would no longer run on diesel, but on the much cheaper and dangerous methane gas, with tanks attached to the roofs.I had chosen the Hotel Muntenia on Strada Academiei from a budget guide it was downtown and cheap enough, less than twenty five dollars per night All I can remember about the room was that it was brown with one bare lightbulb, with a common toilet and shower at the other end of a yawning and drafty hallway I turned on the black and white television speeches of the leader interspersed with folk dancing The room had a phone with a corroded cord which required going through the hotel switchboard In such mournful surroundings, I began to feel liberated from my previous life.Of course you can come in tomorrow for a briefing, and maybe we can get you in to see the ambassador, a friendly and welcoming second secretary or other at the U.S Embassy told me over the phone, as if lightening all the brown in my room I had suddenly gone from being a nobody in a crowded journalistic field in Jerusalem to a person with status, simply by showing up in this Cold War backwater Youre staying at the InterCon, arent you she asked My reply was nervous and noncommittal The coming years would be about perfecting the technique of so to speak interviewing the prime minister while staying at the youth hostel.The next morning I walked past the dirty cream and white, run of the mill modernist hulk of the InterContinental Hotel, towering upward in a half arc, completed in 1970 and the epitome of luxury in late Communist Bucharest Behind the hotel lay Tudor Arghezi, the street named for the inexhaustible twentieth century poet and writer, whose literary aesthetic and prodigious modernity had managed to survive Communist rule Here the white and steep roofed baroque mansion that housed the U.S Embassy was located Inside, the gleam of tooled dark wood the neat, state of the art file cabinets and photocopy machines of the era and the strict Washington dress code of the occupants made for what in my eyes then was a pampered atmosphere of safety, elegance, and efficiency, an extraterritorial refuge from the prison yard surroundings in nearby streets I remember the mansion fondly because I was instantly embraced by a team of diplomats who entrusted me with not only their analyses but their frustrations They treated me as a professional journalist, a small but crucial revelation, since in Israel I always felt that my professionalism was suspect because I was a freelancer and a member of the local armed forces, and therefore prone to be sympathetic to the right wing nationalist government of the day.On repeated visits to Bucharest in the 1980s, I would be reduced to relying on Western diplomats The sheer terror that ordinary Romanians felt about confiding anything substantive to a foreign journalist, as well as the unwillingness of Communist officialdom to venture much beyond propaganda, left one with few alternatives The Securitate, or secret police, were seemingly everywhere The Romanian officials I did manage to interview would actually say such things as, We never promised our people a rose garden, or, quoting President Nicolae Ceauescu, we are making the passage from the bourgeois landlord society to the multilaterally developed Socialist society.While after 1989 the U.S Embassy in Bucharest was an afterthought for a correspondent, before 1989 it was the central dispatch point for information and analysis on what was happening in this pulverized, half forgotten country Here, along with the American embassies in Sofia, Belgrade, Budapest, and so on, I received briefings remarkable for their insight, lucidity, and unsentimentality that, nevertheless, did not undermine an overarching idealism.For in that white baroque mansion, I met an American diplomat and Balkan area specialist, Ernest H Latham Jr., who had made it his passion to collect the memoirs and other writings of visitors to Romania prior to the onslaught of the Communist ice age His point was that by preserving the memoir of a pre Communist past, one would be able to conceive of a future beyond Communism In the early and mid 1980s, when Ceauescus Romania bore the mood of Stalins Russia, and the paramount assumption of the age was that the Cold War had no end, this was the best sort of prophecy.The Cold War in the Balkans and Central Europe was a golden age for Western embassy reporting In such settings I began to live history as it happened, at a time when none of these capitals were journalistically fashionable for this was the decade of Beirut, Managua, San Salvador, and Peshawar, with the media preoccupied with wars in Lebanon and Central America, and to a lesser extent in Afghanistan.I then began acquiring the habit of separating myself from the journalistic horde, looking for news in obscure locations, that is For example, on a later trip to Bucharest in 1984, Latham casually told me that Ceauescu was blasting a vast area of the capital into oblivion, with security forces plundering and then blowing up whole neighborhoods of historic Orthodox churches, monasteries, Jewish synagogues, and nineteenth century houses ten thousand structures in all, many with their own sylvan courtyards Residents were given hours to clear out with their life possessions before explosive charges were set The blast site, where an austere Stalinist style civic center and apartment blocks were to be built, was being called Ceaushima by Romanians brave enough to talk to foreign diplomats Latham, who had seen the plans for the new Party complexes and ceremonial avenues, compared it to something Albert Speer might have designed for Adolf Hitler, had the 1,000 year Reich become reality When I revealed what was happening in a magazine article a few months later, I was made persona non grata in Romania for five years, until Ceauescu fell.In neighboring Bulgaria in the mid 1980s, another American diplomat told me that, by the way, the Communist regime was forcing all 900,000 ethnic Turks, 10 percent of the Bulgarian population, to change their namesto Slavic equivalents, even as mosques were being closed and the Turkish language forbidden In 1984, yet another American diplomat, Dan Fried, this time in Belgrade, strongly recommended that I henceforth concentrate my energies on Yugoslavia, where, as he put it, ethnic, political, and economic divisions were worsening and therefore this country has a great future in the news.The 1980s, which professionally began for me that first morning at the U.S Embassy on Tudor Arghezi, would constitute an onrush of current events, primarily in the Balkans, that I had or less to myselfsave, of course, for the relatively small number of dedicated foreign correspondents based in capitals like Vienna and Warsaw, themselves struggling to get their own stories prominently placed and appreciated, in the face of cinematic events in the Middle East and Central America In all of Eastern Europe, only Polandbecause of Solidarity, martial law, and a Polish popefigured prominently in the headlines.Passion was usually lacking in my freelance dispatches sent by airmail with self addressed return envelopes, using post offices and occasionally diplomatic pouches The facts alone were sufficient to communicate the extent of the nightmare, to which an air of unreality frequently hung.On one occasion I even saw the tyrant close up at a Communist Party congress He had stridden up to the podium, and the four thousand Party members in attendance rose to their feet, chanting loudly Cea u es cu, Cea u es cu The tyrant, his chin jutting forth, watched impassively for a full three minutes with his wife, Elena, beside him Then he slightly raised his arm in a gesture vaguely reminiscent of a Hitler salute, the sight of which immediately silenced the great hall Standing directly below a giant picture of himself, he began a speech interrupted five times each time by several minutes of hand clapping and chants of Cea u es cu, Cea u es cu until he silenced them He spoke for a full ninety minutes about socialist economics After a break, he would speak for a further ninety minutes on socialist theory and ideology The faces in the audience looked terrified throughout Nobody dared stop clapping and chanting until he raised his arm.I learned how to be a journalist in Bucharest Not all at once, not always intentionally, and, again, not altogether consciously, for Bucharest in 1981 was not only powerful at first sight, but powerful in retrospect as the years went on I would ponder Bucharest often as a reaction to the books I later read Learning to be a journalist happened as much in reflection as it did in real time.By learning to be a journalist, I do not mean learning the commonplace but crucial mechanics of accurate note taking, newswriting, or developing sources, which I had been taught in elementary form earlier in college and at a small newspaper Instead, I refer to understanding the true character of objectivity For what is taught in journalism schools is an invaluable craft, whereas properly observing the world is a matter of deliberation and serious reading over decades in the fields of history, philosophy, and political science Journalism actually is not necessarily, whatever the experts of the profession may claim, a traditional subject in its own right Rather, it is a means to explore and better communicate subjects that are, in fact, traditional areas of study history and philosophy as Ive said, but also government, politics, literature, architecture, art, and so on Ive never altogether trusted what journalists say about themselves As Robert Musil, the great early twentieth century Austrian novelist, observes high mindedness is the mark of every professional ideology Thats why the image of a profession in the minds of its practitioners is not too reliable Thus journalism schools have the particular responsibility of looking at their profession from the vantage point of outsiders From the Hardcover edition.A haunting yet ultimately optimistic examination of the human condition as found in Romania The author delves into the ancient roots of Romanias culture and religion Robert D Kaplans account of the centuries leading up to the most turbulent of allthe twentiethis both sweeping and replete with alluring detail The rich characters who wander through these pages dispense wisdom from book lined homes, cafes, or chapels old and new Kaplans Romania offers lessons on the value of malleability, and what endures.Alison Smale, The New York Times Book ReviewThis book reveals the confident, poetical Kaplan but also a reflective, political Kaplan, seeking at times to submerge his gift for romantic generalization in respectful attention to the ideas of others That tensionbetween an aesthetic sense of wholeness and the intellectual acceptance of complexityis the real subject of the book, both as autobiography and as geopolitics.Timothy Snyder, The Washington Post A serious yet impassioned survey of Romania Kaplans method is that of a foreign correspondent, firing off dispatches from the South China Sea to North Yemen to the darkest corners of Eastern Europe when it was still Iron Curtain country, and his approach has a Thucydidean texture a gimlet eyed realism as gathered by evidence, and guided by an understanding that the knee jerk of history is self interest Kaplan is a regional geographer par excellenceundeniably, whatever you think of his conclusionsa big picture man The Christian Science MonitorKaplan is one of Americas foremost writers on the region In a series of deep dives into the regions pastByzantine, Ottoman, Habsburg and Soviethe finds parallels and echoes that help us understand the present The Wall Street Journal Kaplan moves seamlessly from sights, sounds, and conversations to the resonance of history In Kaplans hands, Romania emerges as no mere footnote, but as a historical and political pivot Foreign Affairs Kaplans work exemplifies rare intellectual, moral and political engagement with the political orderand disorderof our world Kaplans writing is like the places he visits Its a terrain, a concentrated expression of a particular part of the world as he sees it In Europes Shadow amounts to a kind of historical anthropology plus geopolitics, a deep study of a particular country and people It shows how, at one and the same time, Romania is distinctive and a key to a broader and deeper understanding of contemporary Europe The Huffington PostKaplans is travel writing at its contemporary finest, weaving in the sights and sounds of a faraway land alongside interviews with its philosophers and politicians In Europes Shadow provides an incisive, tactile introduction to the politics and potential prospects of Central and Southeastern Europea region that finds itself once again caught in the headwinds of history RealClearWorldA masterly work of important history, analysis, and prophecy about the ancient and modern rise of Romania as a roundabout between Russia and Europe I learned something new on every page Robert D Kaplan is a master.Tom Brokaw A tour de force of cultural and political travel writing in which Romanias complex past and uncertain present become vivid and newly urgent.Colin Thubron, author of Shadow of the Silk Road and co editor of Patrick Leigh Fermors The Broken Road Robert D Kaplan has the remarkable ability to see over the geopolitical horizon, and he now turns his attention to Europes marchlandsthe former Greater Romania lying between the Balkans and a resurgent Russia In a triple journey through books, landscapes, and histories, he tackles the meaning of geography, the influence of intellectuals, and the daffinessand powerof nationalism. Timely, insightful, and deeply honest.Charles King, professor of international affairs, Georgetown University, and author of Midnight at the Pera Palace The Birth of Modern Istanbul For an appreciation of contemporary Romanian attitudes, Robert Kaplans book has no equal As an outsider, yet within, the author offers an analysis of Romania that combines erudition and authority His sparkling, suggestive reflections, drawing upon history and landscape, capture the DNA of the country and its inhabitants.Dennis Deletant, Ion Raiu Visiting Professor of Romanian Studies, Georgetown University, and emeritus professor, University College London A moving bookan illuminating and compassionate guide through the labyrinth of Romanias immensely convoluted and often traumatic past In spite of the many dark, distressing moments that no one should ignore, In Europes Shadow conveys a sense of hope, promise, and continuous renewal Vladimir Tismneanu, professor of politics, University of Maryland, and author of The Devil in History Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century Kaplan illuminates the extraordinary journey of the people of Romania, as well as millions of other East Europeans, from the tragic Soviet despotism of the decades after the Second World War to their hopeful and democratic future as members of NATO and the European Union Kaplans ability to weave together complex histories, religion, memory, and political thought is nearly unmatched.Nicholas Burns, professor, Harvard Kennedy School, and former undersecretary of state for political affairs A favorite of mine for years, Robert D Kaplan is a thoughtful and insight driven historian who writes clear and compelling prose, but what I like most about him is his political sophistication In Europes Shadowmakes you look up and think about whats on the pagea true pleasure for the reader.Alan Furst From the Hardcover edition. 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    • In Europe's Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond
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