The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Revolutionary Legacy of 1989

Paperback | September 29, 2011

EditorJeffrey A. Engel

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The fall of the Berlin Wall sent shock waves around the world. It was, quite literally, a world-changing event. Now, more than two decades after the Wall's collapse, this book brings together leading authorities who offer a fresh look at how leaders in four vital centers of world politics -the United States, the Soviet Union, Europe, and China - viewed the world in the aftermath of this momentous event. Jeffrey Engel contributes a chronological narrative of this tumultuous period, followed by substantive essays by Melvyn Leffler on the United States, Chen Jian on China, James Sheehan on Germany and Europe, and William Taubman and Svetlana Savranskaya on the Soviet Union. These historiansreinterpret the meaning of 1989 in the context of global history in the late 20th and early 21st century and explore such questions as why communism failed in Europe, why China took a different route following the turmoil of Tiananmen Square, and why the peace of 1989 might well proveillusory.

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The fall of the Berlin Wall sent shock waves around the world. It was, quite literally, a world-changing event. Now, more than two decades after the Wall's collapse, this book brings together leading authorities who offer a fresh look at how leaders in four vital centers of world politics -the United States, the Soviet Union, Europe, a...

Jeffrey A. Engel is Associate Professor and Verlin and Howard Kruse '52 Founders Professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas AandM University. He is the author of Cold War at 30,000 Feet: The Anglo-American Fight for Aviation Supremacy and the editor of Local Consequences of the Global Cold War and The China...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.51 inPublished:September 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Jeffrey A. Engel: 1989: An Introduction to an International History2. James J. Sheehan: The Transformation of Europe and the End of the Cold War3. William Taubman and Svetlana Savranskaya: If a Wall Fell in Berlin and Moscow Hardly Noticed, Would it Still Make a Noise?4. Chen Jian: Tiananmen and the Fall of the Berlin Wall: China's Path toward 1989 and Beyond5. Melvyn P. Leffler: Dreams of Freedom; Temptations of PowerFor Further Reading