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08.04 The Iron Curtain Comes Down: Assessment

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on 8 May 2013

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Transcript of 08.04 The Iron Curtain Comes Down: Assessment

Summary The Soviet Union collapsed in December of 1991. It was lead by many events. I think the best factors that contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union were The Romanian Revolution, the Velvet Revolution, the Solidarity movement, The Fall of Berlin Wall, and The Prague Spring in that order. I put it in that order because these events seemed significant to me as they occurred. Many people died in the Romanian Revolution, and that changed the way of the views held by higher people. The Velvet Revolution was a turning point without any violence involved. The Berlin Wall made a big impact. Solidarity started a political reform. Lastly, The Plague Spring was liberalization for politics. I believe the overall picture was relevant to the collapse of communism. Romanian Revolution 08.04 The Iron Curtain Comes Down: Assessment The Romanian Revolution was a series of protests and riots in Romania in 1989. Romania declared independence from Soviet control. When this took place, more than a thousand Romanians died. It marked the end of the regime of Nicolae Ceauescu. After that, Romania was no longer a communist controlled country. Velvet Revolution The Velvet Revolution was started in Czechoslovakia. It was a non violent revolution that was from November 17th to December 29, 1989. It was started by students and many other groups. It was used to protest against the one-party government of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. Fall of Berlin Wall The Berlin wall was a barrier formed by the German Democratic Republic. It was made on 13 August 1961. It was 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 Solidarity was a movement by workers in Communist Poland. It was during the 1980s. The workers started the movement because they wanted political reforms. The leader of the Solidarity union was Lech Walesa, a shipyard electrician. Workers went on strike to show the working conditions and why they should be improved. Prague Spring The Prague Spring occurred in Czechoslovakia. It took place after World War II and in between world domination for the Soviet Union. It began on January 5, 1968. It was started by a current reformist names Alexander Dubek. It was liberalization for politics. For this brief period, people thought that change was still possible. Czechoslovakia brought back the countries democracy and freedom to its country.
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