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

Jeffrey A. Engel


The fall of the Berlin Wall sent shock waves around the world. Now, more than two decades after the Wall's collapse, this book looks at the world in the aftermath of this momentous event. The book includes a chronological narrative of this tumultuous period. This is followed by chapters that reinterpret the meaning of 1989 in the context of world history in the late twentieth and early twenty-first 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 prove illusory.

Keywords: communism, Berlin Wall, 1989, world history, Europe, China, Tiananmen Square, peace

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199832446
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199832446.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey A. Engel, editor
Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, Associate Professor and Verlin and Howard Kruse '52 Founders Professor