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


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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 historians reinterpret 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 prove illusory.

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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 A&M 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 Diary of George H.W. Bush: The Making of a Global President.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: 1989: An Introduction to an International History, Jeffrey A. Engel

Chapter 2: The Transformation of Europe and the End of the Cold War, James J. Sheehan

Chapter 3: If a Wall Fell in Berlin and Moscow Hardly Noticed, Would it Still Make a Noise?, William Taubman and Svetlana Savranskaya

Chapter 4: Tiananmen and the Fall of the Berlin Wall: China's Path toward 1989 and Beyond, Chen Jian

Chapter 5: Dreams of Freedom; Temptations of Power, Melvyn P. Leffler

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Engel, Jeffrey A.
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Jeffrey A.
Former Soviet republics
History - World
World History-1650 to Present
Politics-Leftist Studies
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The Revolutionary Le
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6.1 x 9.1 x 0.5 in 0.613 lb

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History and Social Science » Politics » Leftist Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Russia » Post Soviet Republics
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present

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