Gosh, this is interesting

At the end of the second world war, when the iron curtain came down to isolate Istanbul from the rest of Europe,

Turkey was behind the iron curtain, was it?

Odd the Soviets let it become a NATO, not Warsaw Pact member really.

Andrew Finkel is the author of the forthcoming book Turkey: What Everyone Needs to Know, published by OUP

Might not end up using that guide book, eh?

2 thoughts on “Gosh, this is interesting”

  1. This is a Guardian columnist, Tim.
    I think what he means is that Turkey was isolated from the wonderfully democratic peoples’ part of Europe. The bit behind the Iron Curtain that the inhabitants were so desperate not to leave they put barbed wire & minefield around it to avoid the temptation. It got left out in the cold with the rest of us downtrodden slaves of capitalist tyranny.

  2. Being fair(not usually one of my virtues) he might just mean that in the aftermath of WW2, before the rise of mass air travel, the Orient Express,the most common route, would have to cross commie states to get to Istanbul. Even in the 1960’s movie “From Russia with Love” this was a small plot element.

    Even if that is what he meant it was poorly expressed .

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