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The collapse : the accidental opening of the Berlin Wall

Author: M E Sarotte
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On the night of November 9, 1989, massive crowds surged toward the Berlin Wall, drawn by an announcement that caught the world by surprise--East Germans could now move freely to the West. The Wall--infamous symbol of divided Cold War Europe--seemed to be falling. But the opening of the gates that night was not planned by the East German ruling regime--nor was it the result of a bargain between either Ronald Reagan  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M E Sarotte
ISBN: 0465049907 9780465049905
OCLC Number: 900624132
Description: xxvi, 291 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: Discovering the causes of the collapse --
The struggle within the Soviet Bloc and Saxony. A brutal status quo ; Marginal to massive ; The fight for the ring --
The competition for control in East Berlin. The Revolution advances, the regime plays for time ; Failure to communicate on November 9, 1989 --
The contest of wills at the Wall. The Revolution, televised ; Damage control? ; Violence and victory, trust and triumphalism.
Other Titles: Accidental opening of the Berlin Wall
Responsibility: Mary Elise Sarotte.

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