This is because the allied powers never really trusted the Soviets and they

This is because the allied powers never really

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This is because the allied powers never really trusted the Soviets and they never really trusted team west (US) So mistrust cropped right back up again after the war was over On the Western side of the Iron curtain are the free, democratic pro-capitalist states East – Marxist, Leninist, economic types who are under the soviet umbrella or the soviet yolk Sovereign state that was really controlled by Soviet – Soviet puppet states o Start of the cold war What does this have to do with the movie? o The anomaly was Berlin – the central, political power seat of Nazi Germany It was located in East Germany, behind the iron curtain on the Soviet side o It was an undecided city – when everyone came to mop up Germany, the Allier powers met in Berlin o Just like Germany itself was divided into zones of occupation, we did the same thing with Berlin itself because it was the political seat Western Berlin was western controlled and Eastern Berlin was Soviet controlled o By 1946ish – the Iron curtain is closing in and the ideological differences of the allied powers started pulling them apart So the Soviets were slowly talking over the governments of Turkey, Hungary, and now Germany They wanted to keep Germany weak and didn’t want them to be reunified Team West wanted Germany to be a pro-capitalist democracy for it to join their club o Berlin became an East Berlin and a West Berlin In April of 1948, Joseph Stalin tries to push the Western influence out of West Berlin They told them to leave and surround the barriers with blockades – Berlin Blockade (first international crisis of the cold war) o The U.S. had the Berlin Airlift – they flew in plane after plane non-stop with food, medication, etc. for a year The soviets had to decide whether they would shoot planes out of the sky to stop this or? Eventually the blockade was lifted by the Soviet
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o The Berlin Crisis served to highlight the competing ideologies for Berlin but also Europe as a whole o This is what the film is about and you see all of this happen along with the changes on both sides of the curtain in Berlin o
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  • Fall '08
  • JDBOYER
  • Cold War, Berlin, West Berlin

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