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The Fall of the Berlin Wall
     

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

by Jeremy Smith
 
Imagine living in a city where you could be shot for crossing a certain boundary. For nearly thirty years, a wall divided Berlin and kept residents living in the eastern section under strict controls so severe that many people willingly risked -- or lost -- their lives attempting to escape to West Berlin. No wonder, then, that on November 9, 1989, citizens on both

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Imagine living in a city where you could be shot for crossing a certain boundary. For nearly thirty years, a wall divided Berlin and kept residents living in the eastern section under strict controls so severe that many people willingly risked -- or lost -- their lives attempting to escape to West Berlin. No wonder, then, that on November 9, 1989, citizens on both sides helped tear down the Wall with their bare hands when the government of East Germany collapsed. Discover the events that led to three decades of social, political, and economic oppression, and learn how circumstances evolved into freedom for thousands.

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Gr 5-8-These attractive series titles introduce students to turning points in history by explaining how the events of a single day can create enormous and permanent changes. All four books open with a short introduction. These overviews are followed by chapters that provide background and historical information about the circumstances leading up to the events, and then the world-changing days are covered on an hour-by-hour basis (except for "Test-Tube Baby," which broadly covers Lesley Brown's treatment and pregnancy). Concluding sections examine the resulting social and technological developments and speculate on what the future holds in each field. The authors are objective about their subjects, and they place events into context so that readers can gain an understanding of why these occurrences were so important. There is at least one photo on each page; maps and charts help readers understand technical or political concepts. Quotes and sidebars also appear throughout, which leads to a somewhat busy page layout. While these books do not have the detail found in Nathan Aaseng's The Space Race (Lucent, 2001) and Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz's Germany, United Again (Dillon, 1995), they do offer good introductory information and are engaging enough to attract general readers.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836855692
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Days That Changed the World Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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