The Cold War and the Berlin Blockade
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This paper present an in-depth examination of the Berlin Blockade of 1948-1949 and how it was a result of the Cold War. The paper first gives an overview of the Berlin Blockade following the division of Germany into zones in 1945. Then, it considers the relationship of the Deutsche Mark, the German currency, to the Blockade and the currency's association with the West. Next, the paper discusses some of the outcomes of the Berlin Blockade, such as the creation of NATO. It also explores how the three zones in Berlin unified and the creation of East Germany. Finally, the paper describes how the Cold War and the Berlin Blockade affected people's daily lives.
From the Paper:"Another outcome to the Berlin Blockade was the joining together of the three western German zones, and the creation of East Germany. After the Berlin Blockade it became clear to most countries that any agreement between the west and east seemed highly unlikely. The division of Germany that had been decided in 1945 was beginning to look permanent. To stay strong against the east, the western zones joined together to form the German Federal Republic (FDR, or, West Germany). Though Soviets protested, they could not stop this new unification, and to respond, set up the German Democratic Republic (DDR, or East Germany). This was the final division of Germany, now turning one former country into two.
"Both before and after the Berlin Blockade, the Cold War had affected ordinary peoples' lives by the economic measures that had been put in place. In Western Europe, economic measures included the Marshall Plan. This included US financial assistance to help the economic recovery in Europe. This affected the lives of ordinary people by greatly improving living standards, and giving them support to their economy, in order to prevent things like recessions of high inflation rates. This plan was available for all European countries, though it only went to the west."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Black market, cold war: everyday life in Berlin, 1946-1949, Paul Steege: 2007
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