The Soviet created the Berlin Wall when they allowed the blockade to come down to isolate West Berlin from the rest of the world and it’s Western friends It was referred to as the Anti-fascist protection rampart – named this by the GDR Called the wall of shame by those in West Berlin Soviets saw it as fascists trying to get Germany to join NATO so they needed an Anti-fascist wall to protect them o By 1988 the USSR (Soviet Union) is growing broke and is morally and politically broke as well They start to release their political hold on those Eastern European states o By 1989, a whole series of changes began to occur across the Eastern block The Soviets ran out of money to prop up the political system and began to let them do whatever they wanted After Poland and Hungary began to protest to get out of Soviets control, other places, including East Germany, began to protest as well o October 9 th , 1989 the Westerners gave up too o October 3 rd 1990 they voted themselves back into a singular state Pay attention too: o Changing political systems during this era of transition o Changing economic systems o Lifestyles in soviet dominated east Germany before the transition and as West Germany and West Berlin become Westernized Closing Video He hope that we gleamed that the major concept was transition between different political and economic systems Also he hoped we got a sense of the Soviet system, while it eventually unraveled, it wasn’t a complete and utter failure enacted by a bunch of psychopathic losers o At the 1960’s and 1970’s, they were at the technological and developmental heights It used to be way ahead of us in space exploration People were modernized and pretty upbeat; there was a sense of community and progress in their society that seemed more equal than our capitalist system Ex. Alex’s father leaves his mother and she gets ultra- nationalist, ultra-party supportive and gets really involved
o All this innovation in the Eastern Block as a whole came at the price of oppression which is why people wanted to get out of their during the Cold war
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- Fall '08
- Cold War, Berlin, West Berlin