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The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which occurred a year later on October 1990.

Musings on History
The Atlantic

by Marshanda Massie
Grade 12 Student Manado Independent School

ON the night of November 9, 1989, thousands of people living in Berlin participated in a massive street party to celebrate something that would finally reunite them— the fall of the Berlin Wall.

A gray concrete wall erected in 1961, the Berlin Wall acted as a barrier between East and West Berlin.

The Berlin Wall was not only a physical boundary; it also represented the schism between eastern communists and western democrats.

Because of its significance as it marked the end of the Cold War, help in spreading peace and prosperity, and meaning as a symbol of freedom, the demolition of the Berlin Wall has become one of the most important events in history.

As the Wall came down, the communist rule by the Soviet Union started to fall with it, triggering the end of the Cold War.

The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which occurred a year later on October 1990.

East European regimes began to collapse, and the Iron Curtain was no more. New nations emerged from the dissolution of the Soviet Union (Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, etc.) and even established strong ties with EU and NATO.

Different ideologies disappeared, and Eastern Europe soon became democratic. There was victory over totalitarianism.

The fall of the Berlin Wall ended the communist power structure and allowed capitalism to take over in the modern world.

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