Fall of Berlin Wall

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Ashley McCutcheon
2nd 10-27-12

The fall of the berlin wall as a turning point in history

1. "The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall (Part 2)." About.com 20th Century History. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2012. <http://history1900s.about.com/od/coldwa1/a/berlinwall_2.htm>.

This article describes that the berlin wall was put up to divide between the west and east, which were democracy vs. communism at that point. Then later on the communist wanted a subtle change where as the german citizens did not agree, they wanted all of it ended. During 1988 and 1989 communism still weakened in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, then on the 9th of November in 1989, east german officials made a call to open the gates ultimately giving a sort of freedom to the people.

2. "Fall of Communism." Fall of Communism. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2012. <http://future.state.gov/when/timeline/1969_detente/fall_of_communism.html>.

This article is helpful, because it explains an outcome of the berlin wall falling which was that communism also fell as resultant. Citizens gained power leading to reforms in the east and thus the government decided to try different ways of ruling the people in order to make an attempt at saving communism. Eventually communism officially fell in 1991 when Gorbachev was forced to give power to Boris Yeltsin who diminished communism.

3. Goldenberg, Phyllis. "The Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Personal Account." The Fall of the Berlin Wall. N.p., 1994. Web. 27 Oct. 2012. <http://www.andreas.com/berlin.html>.

In this article, a personal account of how the event affected the people of berlin is presented. Phyllis Golden burg, a middle aged man living in Denmark, describes how him, among his friends and many others traveled from their homes to go see the Berlin wall after hearing of its supposed removal. The wall was being torn down by everyone and people were pouring through to the other side, a sort of revolution like no other could be.
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