The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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Marvelously, this timeline of life has continued and the birth of a research paper is in commencement. The very core of a historian's goals, directions, and desires are in motion. The people's right to discover and learn about these phenomenal events in history is possible because of the western democratic values that govern this and many other republics today. "Plato constructed his republic on what he considered the basic elements or characteristics of the human soul: the appetitive, the spirited, and the philosophical," ("Plato", Encarta). Distinctively, as Germany's philosophical element began to transform under the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler during the 20th century, the world was plunged into the Second World War. By May of …show more content…
After the intense devastation of their nation and the astonishing loss of millions of men in the war, the Soviet economic recovery was very slow. West Berlin became a booming metropolis, sculpted after North American capitalist cities, while East Berlin suffered massive population shifts away from the east. In most city grocery stores, the shelves remained half-empty and the goods available were meager in value. Typically, these goods remained unattainable for the ordinary citizens. It was a comparable situation in East Germany, but it was most visible in East Berlin ("USSR", Encarta). Although East Berlin did maintain a somewhat peaceful relationship with West Berlin up until the 1960's, the amount of people migrating to West Berlin created a possible collapse of East Berlin's communist infrastructure. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev described Berlin as "the testicles of the West. When I want the West to scream," he said, "I squeeze on Berlin," (Gelb, The Berlin Wall, 43). Eventually, Khrushchev decided to constrict Berlin with all their might "to stop the exodus and thereby save the Soviet Union and its East European empire from the consequences of an East German collapse," (Gelb, The Berlin Wall, 6.)

"Shortly after 1:00 A.M. on August 13, 1961, the roar and rumble of heavy vehicles broke the silence of otherwise deserted streets in the Soviet sector of Berlin. Roused from sleep, people

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