Rise And Fall Of The Berlin Wall Essay

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The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall
The United States’ and Soviet Union’s victory over Germany at the Elbe River, gave an image of peace to the rest of the world, as two nations combined to defeat a power that did everything it could to rise up and control the rest of the world. Unfortunately, human nature has shown, previous to World War II, that the world can’t live in peace because only one can be the best and most powerful. When Germany surrendered in the spring of 1945, the peace-making alliances that were formed between Great Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States, at the beginning of the war, began to crumble as the need for more power manifested inside each great nation. The natural animosity between the Soviet Union and the
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The capital of Germany, Berlin was also divided among the nations. After the Soviet’s failed attempt to drive out the three nation by blockading their supply source, the war remained stagnant and soon Germany was split into West Germany and East Germany. Berlin was also separated; East Berlin was controlled by the Soviet Union and West Berlin was controlled by Britain, France, and the US. Berlin was split by what is known as the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall represented a huge turning point in the history of the world. The building of the wall represented the separation of the world as a whole, but the fall of the wall represented the end of a divided world, for the time being, and the long road to reunification between the Eastern and Western …show more content…
This was the turning point of the Cold War. As countries all over the world challenged the political reform of communism, the Soviet Union included, those living in Eastern Germany, all at once, began to flee to Western Germany and West Berlin. With the Soviet Union weakened, it was easy for the refugees to get across. In October of 1989, East Germany’s head of state, was forced to resign, Gorbachev was elected president of the USSR and expressed democratic reforms that had not been very popular during the Cold War (PBS). When the rest of the world saw these reforms being talked about and slowly brought to action. Countries that lived in communist control started to breakaway from it. Gorbachev announced that those in East Germany could travel to West Germany freely (PBS). It was at this point when the physical Berlin Wall came down, symbolizing the end of the division between Communism and Capitalism in all of Europe. Germany had a long journey to becoming reunified but the fall of the Berlin Wall was a start to a new life

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