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25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 10, 2014

"This is a historic day. East Germany has announced that, starting immediately, its borders are open to everyone. The GDR is opening its borders … the gates in the Berlin Wall stand open" - Hans Joachim Friedrichs, reporting for the Tagesthemen, 9 November 1989

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, whose gates were finally opened on 9th November, 1989, after a generation of dividing a city. To mark this momentous occasion, we've made a selection of fascinating chapters available to read on UPSO, Very Short Introductions Online, and Oxford Handbooks Online. These chapters explore many different aspects of the Berlin Wall - from what life was like living in a city divided by it, to how Germany was reunited after the fall, and how its demolishment spelt the end for the USSR. Click through to the article on the OUPblog to read more.

Behind the Berlin Wall

Death at the Berlin Wall

The Rise and Fall of Communism in Russia

Nonviolent Revolutions

After the Fall of the Wall

Twenty Years After Communism