Essay on The Failure of The Berlin Blockade

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The Berlin Blockade What were the main factors that ultimately led to the failure of the Berlin Blockade? Word Count: 1957 TABLE OF CONTENTS A. Plan of the investigation ……………………………………………………………………….. 3 B. Summary of Evidence …………………………………………………………………………. 4 C. Evaluation of Sources .…...…………………………………………………………………….. 6 D. Analysis ………………………………………………………………………………………... 8 E. Conclusion ……………………………………………………………………………………… 10 F. List of Sources ………………………………………………………………………………….. 11 A. PLAN OF THE INVESTIGATION The aim of this investigation is to assess the main factors that ultimately led to the failure of the Berlin blockade, giving the Soviets…show more content…
Whereas Soviet Policy toward East Germany Reconsidered: The Postwar Decade by Ann L. Philips is used because it gives a post revisionist view on the crisis. B. SUMMARY OF EVIDENCE The Berlin blockade was created as a result of “violation by the Governments of the United States of America, Great Britain, and France of agreed decision taken by the powers in regard to Germany and Berlin.” This violation was “the carrying out of a separate currency reform, in the introduction of a special currency of Berlin and in the policy of dismemberment in Germany,” which included the “designation of a separate Government for the western zones.” Russian Chief representative, Marshall Sokolovsky walked out of the Allied Control Council meeting and failed to schedule another meeting the next month. “On June 23 the Russians introduced their own currency for Berlin,” the East Mark to counter the Western currency, the West Mark which was introduced the next day. The new West Mark was given the same value as the East Mark, “leaving the door open for negotiations.” “On June 24 the Soviets responded to the implementation of the new currency arrangement in the western zones by halting all western land traffic into the city.” The United States placed a counter blockade on the goods from the Western Zones into Eastern Germany which would effect the Soviet economy. The government of the United States was prepared to
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