East Berlin Wall Thesis

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Gwen McFerran
Mrs. Cullen
AP World History
May 8, 2017 Living in West Berlin vs East Berlin: Thesis Paper
The Berlin Wall was built in the August of 1961, when the East German soldiers constructed more than thirty miles of a barbed wire barrier through the center of Berlin, Germany. The citizens of East Berlin were forbidden to pass into the Western side. Soon this barbed wire would be replaced by concrete. (Taylor, 458) East German authorities revealed that this wall would protect their citizens from the wicked influence of sinful capitalist culture that existed in the west. In the West of the world, the Berlin Wall was considered as a prime symbol of communist oppression. The Berlin Wall played a very important part of establishing the fate
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Many laborers in West Berlin would be able to find new opportunities in the work force. Many would work in the industry force which would boost their economy. West Berlin worked hard on achieving a favorable balance of trade by exporting many of their products. Their market contained more of what was considered to be “luxury” goods in East Berlin. (Taylor, 14) These goods were coffee, automobiles and fine crystal. These goods that were fairly common for an average West Berlin citizen, were hardly affordable to an average person living in East Berlin. This shows how the standard living in the West was higher than in the East of Germany. The Common Market is believed to be one of the major reasons for such a strong and quick economic development as the one which took place in West Germany. This establishment of trade and goods created a high demand for German products, and West Berlin soon became one of the major exporters in Western Europe. Unlike the West Berliners, in East Germany the communists took control and the people there were suffering and had little freedom. There were no free elections. There was a dictatorship and the political party was the only party that did exist. The residents of the East were very suppressed and there was also no freedom of speech. No freedom of speech would mean …show more content…
The educational and health systems were at comparable levels, with those in the East Germany being free of charge. The health system of East Germany was close to that of the West Germany in some respects, considering that both infant mortality rates were close in numbers. (Taylor, 28) Both of the citizens availability of housing was acceptable, affordable and provided easy access to schools, transportation and other necessary areas. As you can see, few aspects of living were similar on either sides of the

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