When the Wall Came Down

When the Wall Came Down : The Berlin Wall and the Fall of Communism

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Through a special collaboration with "The New York Times", Kingfisher Publications is pleased to present a new way to learn about the events and concepts that define our world. Gripping first-person narratives, written by veteran "New York Times" journalists, bring history and current events to life for young readers. Full-colour illustrations, photographs and sidebars explain key concepts, and historical articles from the archives of "The New York Times" place events in the global context. This compelling account carries readers back to Berlin, Germany, in 1991. From the moment his East German assistant bursts into his West Berlin office to tell him that the wall is open, Serge Schmemann is in the thick of things, taking readers along as he witnesses the celebration when the wall is opened and the dramatic changes that follow. From this unique perspective readers learn about the wall, its formation, and what it symbolized to the world, and rejoice along with the residents of Germany when they are finally able to reunite with their brothers across the wall.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 198 x 240 x 18mm | 598.75g
  • Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • photographs and maps
  • 0753413302
  • 9780753413302

Table of contents

1 Half-title; 2-3 Title; 4-5 Copyright and dedication/acknowledgements; 7 Table of contents; 9-25 Introduction; - The fall of the wall; - How it came about; - What it symbolized to the world; 26-43 Building the Wall: World War II through construction (1961); - The Yalta Conference; - The Defeat of Germany in WWII; - Occupation zones / development of communist system in East Germany; - Public reaction; - The construction of the wall; 44-60 Life in the East under communism; - The Soviet Union and its global influence; - The communist system in East Germany - politburo/government structure; - Daily life in East Germany; - The Cold War; 61-77 Gorbachev and Perestroika; 78-94 The Fall & Reunification; - Activism in East Germany; - Changes in the politburo; - The opening of the wall; - Chancellor Kohl and Reunification; - The ripple effect through Eastern Europe; 95-111 Germany and Europe since then; 112-115 Glossary of Russian and German terms; 116-117 Time line, WWII through 2005; 118-122 Source Notes and further reading; 123-128 Index.
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About Serge Schmemann

Serge Schmemann served as Bonn bureau chief for The New York Times from 1987-1991, and won a Pulitzer prize for his coverage of the reunification of Germany. As a journalist who lived in Germany during that turbulent time, he brings a unique insider's perspective to fall of the wall. Mr Schmemann has been a journalist for more than 30 years, during which he also served as The New York Times bureau chief in Jerusalem and Moscow. He is currently editorial page editor for The International Herald Tribune. In 2003, he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Writing for Mortal Enemies, a documentary depicting the parallel lives of Yasir Arafat and Ariel Sharon
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