When we look at Eastern Europe until 1989 you see countries who were supposedly sovereign states but they were honestly controlled by USSR so they’re called puppet states o Thus the start of cold war Folks hanging out in east berlin in 1989 Although we can draw a curtain in Europe, the anomaly was Berlin o Berlin is capital and political and economical of Germany o It was itself a divided city Because it was the seat of Nazi power, when all of the powers came in to mop up the rest of the Nazis everyone wanted to come in and get parts of it All of the Allied powers had sections of Berlin (USSR has eastern side and Allied powers have western side By 1946, 47, 48 the Iron Curtain is falling and the differences are pulling us apart So the soviets were slowly taking over the governments of Hungary and Poland and Czechoslovakia; We want Germany to stay off center Makes sense because USSR just lost so many people Soviets had their idea and Team west had the reverse idea Berlin becomes East Berlin and West Berlin in April 1948 because that is when Stalin says we will push
September 25, 2016 western influence out of west berlin because we want to control all that So they tell allied forces in west berlin to leave, they surround it with troops and don’t allow trucks or railroads or anything to go in anymore; this Berlin Blockade from April 1 to May 12, 1949 Team West was like what do we do? So then the USA has the Berlin Airlift where they see that USSR has blocked all land lines so they flied in medication and clothes and such to drop off stuff and come back for like a year So then USSR has to decide what to do to stop it No one really wanted to start world war 3 so the blockade was lifted but they still controlled east berlin and wanted to make west berlin life suck Competing ideological visions So they created a huge concrete barrier to isolate West Berlin from western allies o Anti-fascist protection rampart Soviets looked at this as the fascists on Team West are making Germany Wall of Shame—west side called it
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- Spring '08
- Cold War, Eastern Bloc, East Berlin