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8.04 The Iron Curtain Comes Down

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by Joshua Wade on 16 August 2013

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Transcript of 8.04 The Iron Curtain Comes Down

Velvet Revolution
Romanian Revolution
The Iron Curtain Comes Down
Solidarity
Prague Spring
(The pictures are in order as they follows.)
Fall of Berlin Wall
The Romanian Revolution was many riots and protests in Romania in December of 1989. The Revolution started in the city of Timisoara and had marked the end of the Communist regime of Nicolae Ceauşescu.
Started in Czechoslovakia, The Velvet Revolution was a very non violent revolution that had occurred from November 17 to December 29, 1989. It was started by students and other groups to fight against the one-party government of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia,
The Berlin wall was made as a barrier by the German Democratic Republic on 13 August 1961 located in the middle of Berlin (Germany).The Berlin Wall was built to prevent massive emigration and defection that had actually marked Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period.
Solidarity had begun as a movement by workers in Communist Poland during the 1980s because they wanted political reforms. A Shipyard electrician by the name of Lech Walesa (1948– )had become the leader of Solidarity union. It was formed in 1980 when about fifty labor union had united together to protest the Communist government in Poland.
The Prague Spring occurred in Czechoslovakia after World War 2 and in between world domination for the Soviet Union. It began on January 5,1968 and was started by Alexander Dubek who was a current reformist. The Prague Spring was a liberalization for politics.
Summary:
The Soviet Union collapsed in December of 1991 and was led by many events that had occurred. The Romanian Revolution, The Velvet Revolution, The Fall of The Berlin Wall,Solidarity, and The Prague Springs were some of the events that were most convincing to me.I believe that these events were the real reasons why the Soviet Union disintegrated. The Romanian Revolution was ranked first in my opinion because of the events that had occurred in it. Many people died from the revolution and changed the way of higher people's views. The velvet revolution was second because it was mainly non- destructive and long. It was one of the turning points of the revolution. The Fall of The Berlin Wall was third because it made a big impact in most countries, including the Soviet Union. Solidarity was fourth because it was a important political reform that occurred in 1980. The Prague Spring was last because it wasn't leading but it seemed more important than some of the others that I did not pick. I believe that the overall picture was the collapse of communism and for every country to themselves because they were misleading each other and turning on each other.
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