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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, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In The Collapse historian Mary Elise Sarotte shows that the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, was not, as is commonly believed, the East German government's deliberate concession to outside influence. It was an accident. A carelessly worded memo written by mid-level bureaucrats, a bumbling press conference given by an inept member of the East German Politburo, the negligence of government leaders, the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M E Sarotte
ISBN: 9780465064946 0465064949
OCLC Number: 882620616
Description: xxvi, 291 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 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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An award-winning historian of international relations presents a propulsive narrative history of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Read more...


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Kirkus "A rigorous sifting of evidence surrounding the final toppling of the sclerotic East German state. With extensive use of Stasi files, Sarotte finds that accident, rather than planning, caused Read more...

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