Project #47527 - European Econ and HISTORY

This week’s topic is the Cold War in the East, so we are going to focus here on 

the social effects of the Berlin Wall on ordinary Berliners. 

You should begin by reading the chapter in the text – it includes a few pages on 

the various different parts of Eastern Europe during the Cold War but pay 

particular attention to the sections on East Germany. Next, read the Carre 

excerpt from “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” – it’s a great piece and deals 

specifically with the Berlin Wall. Finally, watch the short (23-minute) documentary

film, “The Berlin Wall,” on the Films on Demand site.

Question: How did the Berlin Wall define life for Berliners during the Cold War?

To think about: What effect did the division of the city have on everyday life for 

Berliners? What do you think the psychological effect would have been for 

ordinary Germans living on each side of the Wall? How might it have affected

their perceptions of themselves and their identities? How should we read a piece 

like the “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold”? Is fiction any more credible a 

source than a Communist or Western production made during the same era?

* * * * * *

Your entry should be 2 pages in length (Arial 12-point font, single-spaced), and 

include at least one reference to textbook chapter, one from the Carre excerpt, 

and one from the film (that’s three in total). 

This wiki assignment is due midnight on Sunday


Text: Asa Briggs & Patricia Clavin, Modern Europe, 1789-present

Reader: Michael S. Melancon & John C. Swanson, Modern Europe: Sources and 

Perspectives from History 

Subject General
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/16/2014 05:00 pm
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