Between the end of WWII and the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, much of Eastern Europe had been tightly controlled and isolated by communist governments aligned with the Kremlin. They existed under a mutual protection treaty known as the ‘Warsaw Pact’, a response to the post-war military arrangement of NATO in Western Europe.
I remember visiting Prague in 1990, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It felt like a city that had just woken up from a very long slumber. Wenceslas Square was still plastered with makeshift memorials to patriots and loved ones who’d lost their lives during the years of resistance to the communist government.
Today, the majority of Eastern European nations are independent states and private enterprise has enlivened medieval cities, towns and villages. (more…)