Significance of the Berlin Wall Term Paper by Nicky

An overview of the complex and global struggle symbolized by the construction of the Berlin Wall.
# 146071 | 1,541 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper attempts to show how for forty years, the Berlin Wall would represent the physical tensions and ideological distinctions between Soviet and Western ideologies. The paper looks back at the Potsdam Conference and how this resulted in Western occupiers creating West Germany and the Soviets establishing a Kremlin-sponsored state government in East Germany. The paper describes how East Germany became a puppet to the U.S.S.R.'s communist government and was harmed economically and diplomatically in its relations with the rest of the world. The paper discusses how West Germany, unlike East Germany, would accept responsibility for the atrocities committed by the Nazis before and during World War II. The paper clearly demonstrates how the erection of the Berlin Wall and East Germany would become noted symbols of Soviet repression and iron curtain imperialism.

From the Paper:

"To the point, the end of World War II would be a pivotal time for the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union. Former partners in the defeat of Germany, they would now begin a struggle at defining the future of the Germany, Europe and, indeed, the world. However, these two world powers would have distinctly different views on how to do this, resulting in the division of Germany into East and West, as well as the alignment of the global community on either side of a long Cold War. Thus, in the period which would follow the second World War, East Germany and West Germany would be among the most significant national births to occur in a time global power re-distribution and the complex demarcation of international boundaries. Thus, these would be significant fronts in the Cold War that would shape the fate of the globe for nearly the remainder of the 20th century."

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