The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 by German Democratic Republic’s (GDR) government to stop people form the eastern bloc to escape to the west through West Berlin. Its downfall in November of 1989 was huge news to the world as with its importance it affected the whole world. It was not just uniting a single country again but it also opened the border between the East and West of Europe and the world. It was an end to the Cold War tensions between the two ideologies of the USSR with communism and the USA with capitalism, which meant a drastic change in policies of many countries. The two presidents who brought the wall to its downfall were Ronald Reagan, a former actor and then president, in the USA and Mikhail Gorbachev, a reformer, in the USSR, even though Reagan was not the president of America anymore when the actual downfall happened. Although the actual downfall was a result of the east German population and in the end the decision of the GDR’s government, Gorbachev played a far more important role to bring the issue to the point were a decision for a wall would even be possible and Reagan played a role to enhance the issue towards his favour of the fall of the wall and the Soviet union, but he only influenced a little in the end where he was more relying on Gorbachev’s decisions than vice versa.
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There were always questions in my head, for example ‘How could the people build a wall in their own country, which encages just them and I wanted to know, who the main people were behind the downfall, such as how they eventually got the wall to be torn down. It was my interest to learn about this part of my home country’s history, which is still there, whether it is in the minds or countryside, what brought me to my question and the topic of my