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The Berlin Wall

A World Divided, 1961-1989

by Frederick Taylor

The Berlin Wall
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  • First Published:
    May 2007, 512 pages
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    May 2008, 528 pages

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A comprehensive account of a divided city and its people in a time when the world seemed to stand permanently on the edge of destruction

By 1958 nearly 3 million East Germans, many of them young and educated, had fled to the West through the porous border between East and West Berlin that allowed people to cross in and out of the zones for work. This left about 17 million in East Germany with a further 200,000+ leaving every year. East Germany was facing an implosion if the exodus was not stopped - hence the construction of the Berlin Wall.

According to Frederick Taylor, although the Wall was instigated and constructed by the East Germans, the "leaders of the free world" at the time (Kennedy, Macmillan and de Gaulle) were not agin the construction of a physical barrier to constrict the outflow of people from East Germany that threatened to destabilize the country, which in turn could ...

Did you know?
After the Berlin Wall came down, the government of the soon-to-be-former German Democratic Republic auctioned it off piece by piece. If you feel so inclined you can buy a piece with a certificate of authenticity anytime you want at eBay and elsewhere. Having pulled The Wall down, a few short sections were restored by popular demand and now form an often visited tourist attraction.


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Frederick Taylor was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School; Oxford University, where he read History and Modern Languages; and Sussex University, where he did postgraduate work specializing in the rise of the extreme Right in Germany during the early twentieth century. He is the author of a number of novels set in...

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