cold war and fall of communism

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One of the most historic events that occurred during the decade of the 1980s was the end of the Cold War. The war itself and the events preceding it would dramatically impact people's lives across the world, with the influential consequences still to this day being felt. The end of the Cold War led to the collapse of communism, which gave way to the rise of capitalism. The most explicit historic events in time that confirm this are the fall of the Berlin wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. After the breakdown of the USSR countries such as Russia would try and implement a more capitalist ideology on to its citizens, which would prove to only have disasters consequences on the country, and its people.

After the end of World War II Germany was divided into four main sectors either occupied by, Britain, France, or the United States, which made up the west, or the Soviet Union which made up the east.

The forming of West and East Germany created a rivalry between the Allied forces and the Soviets of democracy versus communism. With the help and support of its occupied powers West Germany was able to establish a capitalist society and saw an exponentially rapid growth in their economy, while the exact opposite can be said for East Germany's communist society whose economy declined substantially. "By the late 1950s, many people living in East Germany wanted out. No longer able to stand the repressive living conditions of East Germany, they would pack up their bags and head to West Berlin" (Rosenberg). Because of the mass depletion of citizens from communist occupied East Germany to the West, the Berlin Wall was constructed to keep people from fleeing the country. The bringing down of the Berlin Wall in 1989...