Introduction, Investigation and Conclusion To what extent was the Berlin Wall both a symbolic and physical division between the East and West? The Berlin Wall was, to a great extent, a symbolic and physical division between the East and West. This is evident in the way that after the Second World War, the USSR and the Western Powers cut all ties, and the Iron Curtain was formed; in the way that unhappiness was evident in communist countries throughout the world (not only in East Germany) and how the sense of injustice was felt before the wall was even built; in the way that the Western Powers and Soviet Union voiced their support for East and West Germany respectively and how propaganda was used to mock alternative ideologies; in the way that …show more content…
The building of the Berlin Wall resulted in an international crisis as it caused outrage and unrest throughout the world. Germany became a creature of the Communist-capitalist conflict (Source B). The struggle did not remain in Germany, instead it spread and the divide between capitalist and communist countries became greater. The conflict in Germany was a model of what people were experiencing all around the world at the time. This international division became more prominent and was referred to as the Iron Curtain. The Iron Curtain was an invisible barrier between the Western Powers and the Soviet Union and its supporters. This was created as tension built between the two ideologies of communism and capitalism. It was a divide created to prevent the influence of capitalism on communist countries and vice versa as well as to disassociate from each other. This desire of dissociation came about after WW2 because although they were allies during the World Wars, they disapproved of each other’s ideologies and did not want a connection to each other which created a great …show more content…
Reflection I chose this topic for my historical investigation as I believe the topic of the Cold War is still significant and relevant today. It still has relevance to today’s society because it has drastically shaped civilization. The Cold War can explain the current instability in many of the world’s hotspots and is the origin of major institutions such as NATO which are still influential. North Korea is proof that segregation between communism and capitalism is not over and shows that the tension still remains prominent even though the Cold War ended almost 3 decades ago. The nuclear arms race was central to the Cold War and I believe that it is still significant because counties continue spending enormous amounts of money on nuclear weapon development and have disagreements over nuclear weapon testing. Because of the fact that the Cold War was in the 20th century and that the Cold War included world super powers, it was easy to find sources to answer my research question as it was well documented. This made answering my research question easy as well as the
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1. Identification and evaluation of sources This investigation, examining certain events of the Cold War, will answer the question: To what extent did President Ronald Reagan’s actions aid in the end of the Cold War? The Cold War was a war between the United States and the Soviet Union that took place from 1947 to 1991. During that time several United States presidents took office, one of the last being Ronald Reagan whose actions have been argued to have been more influential than the rest and impactful toward the downfall of the ongoing war with the Soviet Union.
With East Berlin losing its professional class to West Berlin, the Kremlin decided to make sure that no one could get out. The large numbers of Red Army soldiers around construction sites lead many to fear that an invasion was nearing. In response, Kennedy put troops on the other side of the wall, both countries insisted on never backing down. That was, until an agreement had been made, and another world war
In his speech, President Ronald Reagan addresses the wall separating the East and West sides of Berlin, Germany. He emphasises the strain it puts on the country and how devastating the dividing of the city really is. The wall dividing the city makes contact between families on both sides unnecessarily difficult. Not to mention the message that the wall brings; the remnants of a tense cold war. Despite how strong the Berliners are, the wall puts too much strain on the city, the country, and the rest of the world.
And a way to stop the appeal of communism in depraved countries was by restoring international economies and promoting capitalism. One of the major events that occurred was the building of the Berlin Wall, which cut of West Berlin from communication and supplies. The Berlin blockade was an effort by the Soviet Union to cause the Allied powers to abandon their control of West Berlin after World War II. However, this was combated by the Berlin Airlifts, which flew needed supplies to the people in West Berlin. This idea of preventing communism was also displayed in document I.
In the late 1940’s, the cold war began. The war was a long period of stiffness between democratic countries (Western World) and communist countries (Eastern Europe). The United States (U.S.) led the West and the Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.) led the East. The U.S. and the U.S.S.R. were known as the superpowers. Even though they did not officially declare war on one another; they fought each other in proxy wars, the arms race, and the space race.
Now that The Berliners were isolated from the world, they couldn’t get any supplies and the sectors only had enough coal to last 45 days and food to last just 36 days. West Berlin relied entirely on their allies to transport supplies into the capital or city or something. The Western Powers generally transported supplies by ways of trucks and railway. Democracy was becoming too strong so the Soviet Union thought that they could drive the Western Powers out of West Berlin. They thought that if they could block any way of the allies from coming into West Berlin by land, they would eventually give up and stop supporting them.
Breaking Boundaries The Berlin Wall was built to separate the Communist east from the Democratic west. This ominous divider was was twelve feet of concrete that stretched for one hundred miles around West Berlin. The infamous symbol of the Cold War was guarded by electric fences and guard posts stationed along it.
It was capitalism versus communism. In Butter Battle the Yooks are strongly against spreading the butter on their bread upside down and strongly believe that they are right by spreading the butter on their bread side up which is why they began to build a wall so they could prevent the wrongful ways of the Zooks from entering the Yooks side. It is much of the same with the United States and the Soviet Union. The Berlin Wall was meant to keep East German civilians from migrating into the Allied West. The Soviet Union wanted the wall to protect its citizens from capitalist
Berlin was known as the centerpiece of the Cold War. Being the capital city of Germany, the desire to have power over it was extremely high. Germany was split into two, the East, taken over by the Soviet Union, and the West, taken over by the United States, Britain, and France. Tensions rose between each country on who would be able to have power over Berlin. Since the city was on the east side and up to 100 miles inside Soviet-controlled East Germany, the Soviets had power; However, the West would not allow them to take over the capital city so easily.
When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz are trapped. They realize that her and her family get divided overnight. They are trapped on the eastern side where they were living. While her father, and her other brother Dominic are in the West. Four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side.
One characterizing feature of the military in the 80 's was the Cold War which lasted from 1983-1988. The most notable product of the Cold War was the Berlin Wall built in 1961 some time after the Second World War. The function of this wall was to divide Germany among the allies. The eastern half went to the Soviet Union, and the western half went to the United States, Great Britain and France. This wall would stop the flow of refugees from the communist east Germany to the west.
Disagreement between the two superpowers, the U.S and the U.S.S.R is what started the Cold War, just as disagreement is the start of any other war. Disagreements grew and became feuds and feuds caused tension, which created an uncomfortable position and lifestyle for everyone. When the United States and the Soviet Union’s alliance ended, they realized they had different viewpoint on how nation’s should
The whole of Communist Europe was swept by revolution in 1989, one by one, all the Communist states were overthrown by democracy, and by 1990, this great divide brought the Eastern European countries solidarity and democracy. On October 3rd, 1990, the world viewed the unfolding of thousands of ecstatic, euphoric and exuberant Germans bringing down the most prominent icon of divide at the heart of Europe—the Berlin Wall. For two generations, the Wall was the powerful depiction of the Iron Curtain. In fact, East German border guards had orders to shoot people trying to defect. But just as the Wall had become a symbol of the division of Europe, its fall came to denote the end of the Cold War.
The Soviet Union wanted Europe to be rebuilt along Marxist lines and being a communist country, while the U.S. wanted Europe to be rebuilt along Democratic Capitalist line. Many countries have seen in Eastern Europe in 1989, decisive developments have led to the collapse of the authoritarian communist regimes that had ruled, but this is the great success of the peoples of these countries came after decades of resistance to the dictatorship. It is considered the peak of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the liberation struggle waged by the peoples of Eastern Europe against the communist dictatorship. The popular revolt began in 1953 in the Democratic Republic of Germany in the form of protest demonstrations in East Berlin against the inhumane working conditions in the country where the economic misery. The
Introduction Berlin is the fourth largest city in Europe and the sixty-second largest city in the world with a population of 3,517,424 as of December 2013 (Amt für Statistik Berlin, 2014). The city is renowned for its industry, history, politics and above all, culture. Moreover, Berlin is known for the rise of Nazism and Adolf Hitler as well as literally being torn in half following World War II, as the Soviet Union and Western Powers used Berlin as a proxy piece in the Cold War. Berlin is unique because, for forty years, the city was physically split in half by the Berlin Wall.