After the failure of the Berlin blockade the divide between East and West intensified. Beginning in the 1960s the construction of a Wall (image right) instantly became the singular image associated with communism. It seemed impossible, but there it was. Today peaces of it linger as a symbol of peace and freedom, but it once it was the ultimate visage of oppression. The wall was merely the physical representation of this divide.
Life behind the "Iron Curtain" in the Communist Eastern Soviet Bloc evolved very differently than life in the Democratic Capitalist Western Bloc. Movies, music, visual art, politics, etc ALL took drastically different paths of development for the next twenty years. Today many of the countries of the old Eastern Bloc continue to struggle with moving away from their past as members of The Eastern Bloc. By the 1980s the cultural divide was so profound and publicized it
XP = 4 Objectives: Objectives: 1. Analyze the purpose of the Berlin Wall. 2. Evaluate the effectiveness of The Berlin Wall.
Assessment: 1. What was implicit and explicit purpose of The Berlin Wall? How did life in two European "Blocs" evolve differently? 2. What was the quality of life like for people living behind The Wall? Provide two specific examples. 3. What were three cultural differences that evolved in the Eastern and Western Blocs as a result of thirty years of cultural separation. 4. How would the world be different today had East and West not been separated for those thirty years? Create a thesis for your alternate global society