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The Berlin Wall in Historical Retrospective
A short history of the Berlin Wall, including an examination into the motives behind its construction and the purposes that it served.
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This paper provides an overview of the historical and political events and decisions that led up to the building of the Berlin Wall. The writer describes how the wall was developed and how its presence influenced the residents of Berlin, the relations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, and the international community. The paper concludes that while the Berlin Wall certainly represented the failure of Soviet-style Communism and the deprivation of human rights, it may well have served an important function in decreasing the likelihood of all-out war between East and West during its existence.

Background and History - Postwar Geopolitical Conflict in Europe
The Evolution of The Berlin Wall
Erection of the Berlin Wall
Resolution of Issues
Retrospective Analysis and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the wall was systematically improved, evolving from what started out as a few strands of barbed wire into a fortified, state-of-the-art nearly completely impervious barrier that eventually incorporated 12-foot-high high, 4-foot-wide cement walls, sophisticated electronic controls, flood lights, minefields, guard dogs, listening devices intended to detect digging, and automatically triggered machine guns. As the wall grew, escape attempts became more and more sophisticated, ranging from jumping from windows of buildings on the Eastern side, tunneling underneath, and even the video-taped flight of East German citizens by light aircraft."

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