Bridging East and West

Splitting and Integration
  • Olga Marlin
  • Nancy Smith


This chapter begins with a psychological analysis of the totalitarian system that is based on Marlin’s experience of growing up in Czechoslovakia, “behind the Iron Curtain.” This is followed by analysis of reasons why democracy again has a chance in Czechoslovakia after the Velvet Revolution of 1989. The second section is a discussion of the cause and effects of McCarthyism in America, an era that began in 1950 when Smith was 21; Smith gratefully acknowledges Marlin’s psychoanalytic comments on material in this section. Change in the United States, in response to change in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, was an emerging story as this chapter was being written.


York Time Military Spending Iron Curtain Group Psychology Nuclear Disarmament 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olga Marlin
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Nancy Smith
    • 5
  1. 1.William Alanson White InstituteNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Postgraduate Center for Mental HealthNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Brooklyn Institute for Psychotherapy and PsychoanalysisBrooklynUSA
  4. 4.Private PracticeNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.New YorkUSA

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