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Berlin Airlift

 1948-9

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East Germany

1949

 

 

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Uprising

 

The Berlin Wall  1961

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The Stasi

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East German

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Ulbricht Replaced by Honecker 1971

Really Existing Socialism

Ostpoltik

Detente

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escalation of

the Cold War

 

Glasnost and

Abgrenzung

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(Turning Point)

 

 

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The sudden fall of the Communism in Eastern Europe caught Western leaders and the CIA off guard . As late as 1988, West Germany's chancellor, Helmut Kohl, said he doubted he would see German Unification in his lifetime and $151 million had been spent on a new parliament building in Bonn, begun only in 1986. By the late 80s, East Germany and Romania were the last of the hard-line Socialist states. The intrusive nature of the secret police, with 1 in 7 adults being a government informer, special privileges for the party elites and the obvious material wealth and freedom beamed from West German tv stations and growing economic stagnation , Gorbachev's renunciation of the Brezhnev Doctrine and Glasnost reforms were some of the major factors leading to East German collapse by 1989.

 

 

 The Lost World of Communism East Germany

 

 

 Life behind the Berlin Wall

 

 

 That Was the GDR - A History of the Other Germany

 

 

 

 

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