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08.04 The Modern Era: The Iron Curtain Comes Down
Transcript of 08.04 The Modern Era: The Iron Curtain Comes Down
The Velvet Revolution was a non-violent transition of power in what was then Czechoslovakia, took place from November 17 to December 29, 1989. It was important because it led to the overthrow of
The Prague Spring was a period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia, it began on 5 January 1968, when reformist Alexander Dubček was elected First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. The Prague Spring was important because Czechoslovakia had brought Democracy, and freedom for its nation.
Fall of Berlin Wall
The Romanian Revolution was a series of riots and protests in Romania in December 1989. Started in the city of Timișoara and soon spread throughout the country. It started because the leader Nicolae Ceausescu didn't Romania to become a democratic country, so the people started rioting for a change. Many thousands of Romanians died, and the rule of Nicolae Ceausescu.
Solidarity was a movement by workers in Communist Poland. It had emerged emerged on 31 August 1980 at the Gdańsk Shipyard under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa. It was important because Solidarity had helped to change Poland dramatically, giving workers more rights, it managed to get the government to agree to demands, it could be said that it started the “chain reaction” that led to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe.
By: Milanda Gilot
the Communist government which had ruled in that nation for over 40 years. It started when riot police shut down a peaceful student demonstration in Prague. The suppression of the demonstration led to a flowering of similar demonstrations all over the country.
The Berlin Wall was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin. The Berlin Wall was built because it had prevented citizens from the eastern zone from deserting and moving to the west. The Fall of the Berlin Wall was important because it ended the Cold War, and Communism was no more in Eastern Europe.
I believe theses are the 5 top reasons that had contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union; Romanian Revolution, Velvet Revolution, Solidarity, Fall of Berlin Wall, and Prague Spring. It was put into this order because of the significance it had to have the Soviet Union Fall. For the Romanian Revolution had numerous death of people in it and people viewed the way the wealthy handled things in a different way. The Velvet Revolution was a revolution where violence was not involved. Solidarity had started a political reform. Fall of the Berlin wall had gotten rid of Communism in its nation and ended the Cold War. Lastly for the Prague Springs it was the liberation for politics. And everything is put into place for the fall of the Soviet Union