Bbc history magazine 2014 books of the year the collapse challenges our narrative of the soviet unions collapse, 25 years after the walls fall. For the 20th anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall nov. Contributor names frissell, toni, 19071988, photographer created published 1961 october subject headings. The accidental opening of the berlin wall kindle edition by sarotte, mary elise.
As a consequences of the second world war, germany got divided into two parts. Three books on berlin, from the fall of the wall to today. The revolutionary legacy of 1989 oxford university, 2009, an anthology edited. The construction of the berlin wall did stop the flood of refugees from east to west, and it did defuse the crisis over berlin. East german officials today opened the berlin wall, allowing travel from east to west berlin. The hands on clocks and watches jumped ahead or lagged behind indiscriminately. East germany west germany west germany was controlled by usa, france and britain while east germany by russia. Berlin has been the inspiration and provided the setting for many novels. Learn about the fall of the berlin wall with iminds insightful knowledge series. Jfk, the cold war and the berlin wall in his new book, journalist greg mitchell has excavated a story of daring escapes and media manipulation which speaks directly to the era of. The berlin wall was an awkward thing, outlandish and unloved, a barrier planted clear across the middle of the largest city between paris and moscow. Book of clouds by chloe aridjis ever since arriving in berlin id become a professional in lost time. Berlin demonstrates how it will illuminate the former course of the berlin wall from nov.
Book of clouds delves into berlin s dark past as the key to its future direction. Berlin wall, german berliner mauer, barrier that surrounded west berlin and prevented access to it from east berlin and adjacent areas of east germany during the period from 1961 to 1989. It is hard to believe it has been gone for nearly as long as it was up. Out of several books set in berlin, berlin game is one of his most. On november 9, 2019, the world will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall. The berlin wall was also the backdrop for perhaps the most iconic speech of another us president, ronald reagan, on the occasion of the citys 750th anniversary.
The man who disobeyed his boss and opened the berlin wall. Yes, this color newsreel above shows berlin in 1936 as it gets ready to welcome the world for the olympic games. For 28 years, the berlin wall had been a symbol of the cold war and the iron curtain between sovietled communism and the democracies of the west. Powered by create your own unique website with customizable templates.
This updated series examines both the immediate and farreaching consequences of important historical events, placing special emphasis on causes and effects. The berlin wall, 25 years after the fall the atlantic. From stories of political oppression to tales of romance and adventure, here are ten of the most captivating novels and books set in berlin. Kennedy and of martin luther king junior, the beginnings of the berlin wall, yuri gagarin in space, fidel castro and cuba, the debut of spiderman, martin luther king juniors i have a dream speech, ford mustang cars, antivietnam protests, mary quant designing the miniskirt, indira gandhi. Building the berlin wall one summer morning in 1961, berliners awoke to a makeshift barricade separating the two sides of the city. Now, berlin, the capital city of germany was in the e. It was there in the bricks on the floor, running across where it used to be. John marks, the wall 1998 katie hafner, the house at the bridge.
It symbolised the split between not only west and east berlin, but western and eastern europe as a whole. After the fall of the wall, tatiana experiences a city busy with reconstruction and activity, but. September 10, 1989 hungarian government opens border for east german refugees. Oct 31, 2016 research for my historical thriller the notorious pagan jones, and because its just fascinating. The berlin wall this is a wikipedia book, a collection of wikipedia articles that can be easily saved, imported by an external electronic rendering service, and ordered as.
In many ways, the berlin wall served as a prison wall for east germans. The brandenburg gate was opened as the political landscape of both germany and eastern europe was transforming. It was the most dramatic example of the political architecture of modern times. When it fell, the event was celebrated around the world. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Access a huge selection of books backed by one of the worlds most. Bbc history magazine 2014 books of the year this is history writing at its very best, full of drama and pathos, yet immaculately. Aridjiss debut novel takes as its main character a mexican girl, tatiana, who comes to modernday berlin and begins to trace the long and tortured legacy of the citys history.
The berlin wall 1961 1989 begins with a brief history of berlin, the origins of how the city came to be and the characters who ruled it before moving on to the purpose of the book the berlin wall from its inception, construction, operation and sudden fall on 9 november 1989. In 1961, this concrete barrier was officially in place. Norman gelb, writing before the wall came down, tells how the wall grew from the confusions of the postwar years. Books that offer perspective on the fall of the berlin wall, 30 years later. Oxford university press, 1992 doris epler, the berlin wall. It was an international symbol of the cold war and represented an ideological divide between capitalism in the. The struggle to create postcold war europe, a financial times book of the year. June 12, 1987 president ronald reagan visits berlin and urges soviet leader mikhail gorbachev to tear down the berlin wall.
How that state ended is expertly parsed in these last three books, starting with the fall of the berlin wall. Berlin wall, 196189, a barrier first erected in aug. For more than 28 years, the barrier completely cut off west berlin from east berlin, until it was opened in 1989. The dead would often be buried anonymouslyas was the. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism thats open and independent. This textbook outlines the rise and fall of the berlin wall and the key themes around the time. From the wall to reunification princeton, 1993 gale stokes, the walls came tumbling down new york. East germans flooded into west berlin after border guard harald jaeger ignored orders and. The wall cut off west berlin from surrounding east germany, including east berlin. Berlins incredible, dramatic history is testament to the fractured and difficult narrative of the 20th century, the scars of which have formed a remarkable cityscape that inspired poets, writers and filmmakers. Great book written by a man who was there, but with the benefit of 20 years of hindsight. This website allows you to voice your opinion about the berlin wall or what it was like in the berlin wall.
See more ideas about berlin, berlin wall and west berlin. At midnight east germanys communist rulers gave permission for gates along the wall to be opened after hundreds of people converged on crossing points. The berlin wall split many families in two, which is part of the reason why escape attempts were so common. The berlin wall was erected august, 1961 by the communist regime of east germany dividing berlin for 28 years. Top 10 books about the berlin wall books the guardian.
It was there in the rows of iron poles that marked where it used to stand. The accidental opening of the berlin wall 9780465049905. As the 20th anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall approaches, here. Here are five utterly captivating books that will open your eyes to life behind the berlin wall. With the anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall just around the corner, theres no better time to do a bit of reflecting about what this divisive structure meant for the city and the people who lived there. More than two years after the berlin wall was constructed by east germany to prevent its citizens from fleeing its communist regime, nearly 4,000 west berliners.
Willy brandt, then the mayor of west berlin, feared the wall would turn his city into a concentration camp. Its a pr film meant to show the upside of the reich, as germans looked forward to a better future, and indeed the city looks just as gorgeous and exciting as other bustling european metropolises. Recommended books books devoted specifically to the wall include. It describes the event, discusses how it came about and talks about its effects on the world. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the collapse. Through jimi hendrixs music you can almost see the assassinations of president john f. A wall was about to fall in berlin, but how did it happen. Bbc history magazine 2014 books of the year this is history. The author presented the germans who were responsible for the demise of the gdr and the opening of the wall. The following day, celebrating germans began to tear the wall down. The communist bloc was dismantling with change in romania and hungary and on 9 november protestors in germany had started dismantling the berlin wall. Yes, mauer means wall in german and in fact the berlin wall used to be right here where the park still stands, but it has long vanished. It finally gives the real story behind the falling of the wall. Construction of the wall was commenced by the german democratic republic gdr, east germany on august 1961.
Strict border regulations meant that if your family member died trying to escape across the wall, you werent even allowed to attend their funeral. This book is a great read, and i strongly recommend it. The berlin wall stood as a boundary in the german capital for 28 years, 2 months and 26 days. A story of modern germany 1995 james mcadams, germany divided. This was the best book i have read about the berlin wall, and i have recently read a number of books on the wall and berlin. Each title focuses on one event, offering differing interpretations and varied source material. The author knew some of the key individuals on the east side of the wall. It incorporates primary sources, including videos and pictures, to help you understand this significant topic in world history. When the berlin wall fell on november 9, 1989, its destruction was nearly as instantaneous as its creation. At first it was barbed wire, but soon it expanded into a 5meterhigh, 165kilometerlong network of concrete walls topped with barbed wire, and guarded with gun emplacements, watchtowers, and mines. Nobel prizewinning author herta mullers traveling on one leg was released in the momentous year of 1989. Then, we crossed the street to the memorial, and started walking the berlin wall. Hear the stories of the last people who made it across from the east in the summer of 1989, few. The accidental opening of the berlin wall 1st by mary elise sarotte isbn.1270 215 546 1041 1141 608 54 453 1445 619 933 441 580 583 1554 974 693 1293 172 90 231 407 748 285 395 642 209 68 1319 27 331 1214 357 1346 1179 35