The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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Marvelously, this timeline of life has continued and the birth of a research paper is in commencement. The very core of a historian's goals, directions, and desires are in motion. The people's right to discover and learn about these phenomenal events in history is possible because of the western democratic values that govern this and many other republics today. "Plato constructed his republic on what he considered the basic elements or characteristics of the human soul: the appetitive, the spirited, and the philosophical," ("Plato", Encarta). Distinctively, as Germany's philosophical element began to transform under the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler during the 20th century, the world was plunged into the Second World War. By May of 1945, the Allied Powers had dismantled Nazi control of Germany and divided the country into French, British, and American controlled West Germany, and Soviet controlled East Germany (Holzner, World Book, 264). Although this solution seemed pragmatic at the time, a vicious philosophical war between the capitalistic West Germany and the communistic East Germany led to one of the most important events in history: The Berlin Wall.

Communism is a method of societal and political order that was a key force in world politics for most of the 20th century. In theory, it would generate a classless culture of wealth and free will. As a movement, communalism desired to conquer capitalism through a workers' rebellion and institute an organization in which land is possessed by the society as an entirety rather than by individuals. On the opposite end of the spectrum, capitalism permitted the individual to exchange goods and services through a complex network of prices and free-markets. Since these two ec...

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...the first East Berliners strode through the Wall waving their identity papers. The Wall is down! Strangers embraced. Tears flowed. Champagne corks popped ... People brought hammers, chisels, and screwdrivers, and began to smash away at the slabs of concrete that had kept them divided for three decades. They wanted to pulverize it, turn it to dust," (Borstein, The Wall Came Tumbling Down, 33).

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