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The Berlin Wall

A World Divided, 1961-1989

by Frederick Taylor

The Berlin Wall
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    May 2007, 512 pages
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    May 2008, 528 pages

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A short guide to some notable historic barriers:

Hadrian's Wall was built in AD 122. It measures 80 Roman miles (73.5 miles/117 km). It was the second of three stone and turf fortifications the Romans built across Britain to prevent military raids by the Picts (who inhabited what is now Scotland) but is best known as it is the best preserved. The lesser known walls are Gask Ridge, built about 40 years before Hadrian's Wall, and the Antoine Wall, built farther north about 20 years later.

The Great Wall of China was started in the 3rd century and was rebuilt and rerouted a number of times (360 degree ...

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