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    Rock Music in the GDR and the Eastern Bloc

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    performance of rock music and even imports from the capitalist part of the world. By the late 1970s, different kinds of rock music were not only an integral part of Western youth culture but also commonly heard but not always accepted in the GDR and the Eastern Bloc. In terms of youth culture and rock music in the East, Kaspar Maase summarizes the 1960s as a “hot phase of conflict-ridden enforcement” (15). In 1965, the SED’s Eleventh Party Plenum banned the “escalation of the beat rhythms” along with nearly

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    despite the heavy criticism from within and from outside his party. Unlike the heroes of Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies, Brandt did not face constant persecution for his actions. However, the people of East Germany and other Soviet bloc nations did face persecution frequently. Citizens of those countries caught escaping to Western nations were often executed or imprisoned. By instituting Ostpolitik, Brandt helped improve the quality of life for citizens of East European nations, like

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    Gorbachev and the East German Revolution

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    Soviet, British, and French. Slowly, the Soviet Union started to gain control of Eastern Europe post-war. The Yalta Agreement in February, 1945, gave the Soviet Union complete power to extend its control beyond its borders into the Eastern European Countries under the Red Army, and eventually, Eastern Germany was swallowed into the Communist Regime. Until, the 1980s, the German Democratic Republic (GDR), or Eastern Germany, was under complete control of the Soviet Union. The governing party of the

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    The Cold war was a sustained state of military and political tension between powers of two dominating powers from opposite sides of the globe. One from the Western Bloc, or Capitalist Bloc, dominated by the United States (U.S) and the other from the Eastern Block, or Communist Bloc, powered by the Soviet Union (U.S.S.R). Obviously both very different, the opposing ideas of the superpowers supported the spread of their respective and economic systems and strengthened their military powers. As a result

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    The establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO), forced the communist bloc countries to create their own military alliance to defend against the armies of Western Europe. The Soviet Union created a formal structure to oversee the army of the Eastern Bloc, therefore Warsaw Pact was formed in Warsaw, and signed on May 14th 1955. Albania, Romania, Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia signed the pact which was then led by the Soviet Union. The Chief Commanders of the Warsaw Pact

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    The Solidarity Movement

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    independent trade union called Solidarity was born. To begin, one must look at why the Solidarity Movement in Poland succeeded where so many other revolutionary movements across the Eastern Bloc didn’t. World War II had devastated Europe physically, mentally, and economically. By 1980 “Poland was among the Eastern Bloc countries whose societies were still in the grips of the post-World War II system of totalitarian, communist rule” (Pearce 7). However, in contrast to many of the neighboring countries

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    Dr. Seuss' The Butter Battle Book and the Cold War Dr. Seuss is an important figure in the lives of children everywhere. His stories are children’s classics that are fun to read and also tackle some real life issues. Dr. Seuss’s political views are very apparent in his some of his books like The Butter Battle Book, which discusses the issues of the Cold War. In The Butter Battle Book, two groups, the Zooks and the Yooks, are at odds with the way they butter their bread. One group, the Zooks

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    the Communist German Democratic Republic. In The Fall of the Berlin Wall, William F. Buckley Jr. details the events leading to the construction of the Berlin Wall, and the effects the wall and it's demise had on the people of Berlin, the other Eastern Bloc countries, and the rest of the world. After the second World War, the 1945 Yalta Conference determined the fate of Germany. It was divided into four sectors, as was Berlin, with each sector being ruled by a World War II victor. Great Britain

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    The Fall of Communism

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    WWII, most of Eastern and Central Europe’s countries were being occupied by the soviet army. They came to be controlled by the Soviet government and pulled back behind an “iron Curtain”. Winston Churchill’s famed Iron curtain remark refers to the countries that fell under the spell of the Soviet Union and shut out the western world ways of capitalism. The countries of Eastern Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Romania, Albania and Eastern Germany formed the Eastern Bloc that was controlled

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    The Cold War in Europe

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    regime fallen, it was clear the leaders of not only European nations but other nations like the United States wanted to change the structure of land that was once occupied by the Nazi army. The U.S. and Western Bloc would be in a chess match over this land with the Soviet Union and the Western Bloc. This chess match is better known as the Cold War. The following paragraphs will discuss how this war where no blood was shed played out throughout Europe. These paragraphs will examine and provide examples

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