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  • proper n. The largely Communist countries of the eastern world, usually Eastern Europe and especially in the Cold War era.


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  • He continued to view communism as repugnant and habitually referred to the Eastern Bloc countries as “captive nations.”


  • Even more remarkable than the unabashed aggression exhibited by the ambitious government of the Eastern Bloc was the technical excellence with which it had been achieved.

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  • Two art galleries are beginning to flourish; there's talk about opening a cabaret with financial backing from Jude Law; and just two weekends ago, the Off Soho Suites-the one reliably tacky place on the block, which I always believed was some kind of Eastern Bloc cathouse-removed its monstrously conspicuous, bright red awning.

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  • Comecon), 1949-1991, was an economic organization of communist states and a kind of Eastern Bloc equivalent to-but more geographically inclusive than-the European Economic Community.

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  • By the spring of 1989, an Eastern Bloc nation was about to do something even more radical: open a physical portal to the West.

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  • But the Soviet Union was then so closed to the world that—barring a plan to defect to or spy on the Eastern Bloc, or to head a Colombian guerrilla movement funded by Moscow, or to succumb to an overpowering desire to read Tolstoy in the original—it was rare for someone to see much point in learning Russian as a second language.

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  • Meanwhile, in the Eastern Bloc, the introduction of reel-to-reel tape recorders in the 1960s helped create a vast underground culture of fans of rock, rhythm and blues, and later disco and hip-hop.

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  • Like rock-and-roll, Hollywood movies and comic books received just as much scorn from American political leaders as they did from Eastern Bloc authorities.

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  • Every nation of the Eastern Bloc had its own stiliagi.

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  • It soon infected large portions of the Soviet population, then spread to other Eastern Bloc countries.

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