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Berlin wall

a guarded concrete wall, 28 miles (45 km), with minefields and controlled checkpoints, erected across Berlin by East Germany in 1961 and dismantled in 1989.
Contemporary Examples

The Myth of the Wall’s Fall Peter Beinart November 7, 2009
Step Up to the Plate, China Matthew Yglesias November 15, 2009
Europe’s Continent Envy Alex Massie November 10, 2009
How The Cold War Endgame Played Out In The Rubble Of The Berlin Wall William O’Connor November 8, 2014
Chris Matthews Remembers Nelson Mandela MSNBC December 12, 2013
Must-Read Debuts Taylor Antrim October 21, 2010
Do National Writers Still Exist? Colum McCann November 27, 2010
The Forgotten Cold War: 20 Years Later, Myths About U.S. Victory Persist Leslie H. Gelb December 23, 2011
The Art of the Wall Ana Finel Honigman November 7, 2009

Note: The Berlin wall was one of the most visible signs of the cold war and has become a symbol of the Iron Curtain and totalitarianism.

Note: The Berlin Wall was a symbol of the inability of a communist state to keep its citizens from leaving when they have a choice.


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