Revolution Revisited: Behind the Scenes in East Germany, 1989

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Revolution Revisited: Behind the Scenes in East Germany, 1989 tells the inspiring story of a small group of activists who mobilized the East German movement for democratic reforms, brought down the East German state, and changed the world. The book focuses on one year—1989—in one city—Leipzig, East Germany. The mostly young activists of Leipzig had experienced the injustices of the East German political system, and when they took action to fight for free press, fair elections, and free assembly, activists in other East German cities followed suit.


About Patricia J. Smith

Patricia Smith traveled to East Germany for the first time in 1964, shortly after the Berlin Wall was built, and since 1986 she has returned to the region almost every year. As the recipient of an IREX (International Research and Exchanges Board) Fellowship, she spent 1991-92 in Berlin affiliated with Humboldt University. Her writing on Germany includes After the Wall: Eastern Germany since 1989 (Westview Press: 1998) and articles and papers on topics ranging from the political opposition in East Germany to economic and monetary union to German foreign policy.



In fall 1989, millions of television viewers throughout the world watched night after night, transfixed, as the people took to the streets in East Germany. Few could imagine the momentous events that would change the course of world history before the year’s end. On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, and East Germans streamed into West Berlin and West Germany. The world had changed.

Most of us know this part of the story. We know that the Wall had symbolized the division of Berlin, Germany, Europe, and the world into two hostile blocs. The Wall stood as the flash point of the Cold War, arguably the defining epoch of the twentieth century, with the United States and its NATO allies on the one side—the west—and the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact member countries on the other—the east. When the Berlin Wall fell, it signified the beginning of the end of communist control in Eastern Europe and set in motion actions that would end the Cold War.


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