The Berlin Wall; a world divided, 1961-1989
The Berlin Wall; a world divided, 1961-1989.
This is a general history of the politics and practices associated with the Berlin Wall, which surrounded West Berlin in the heart of East Germany for nearly 30 years. He describes the roots of the wall in the Cold War politics of a divided Germany, the political process by which it was decided to wall off West Berlin, and the reactions of the Western powers. He also incorporates numerous stories of the effects of the wall on German lives and the numerous attempts to escape across the barrier. The bulk of the text focuses on the 1960s, an era when the wall was at least rhetorically the focus of bitter political dispute between East and West, but it also spends some time on the politics that led to the fall of the wall and the jubilation which accompanied the event.
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