The first hundred or so pages of the collapse the accidental opening of the berlin wall is preamble but the context is required for those without a penchant for modern history it takes a worlds stage and distills it to the minute by minute lives of a handful of people. Sarottes lively and engaging book scrupulously details the events of november 9 1989 when the world watched in shock as the berlin wall came down sarotte argues that the opening of the wall was accidental and contingent it was certainly unforeseen and unintended by world leaders. Damage control the contest of wills at the wall the collapse the accidental opening of the berlin wall by mary elise sarotte books read and share 3600 bc 500 ad ancient history civilisation 500 1500 post classical history the tide of people was simply too large and the collapse of the regimes authority too complete. About her new book collapse the accidental opening of the berlin wall sarottes book emphasizes the impact that individual decisions made by mid and low level german officials had on the actions of world leaders in her telling the berlin wall fell as the result of a series of uncoordinated accidental. In the collapse prize winning historian mary elise sarotte deans professor of history at the university of southern california reveals how separate decisions made by daring underground revolutionaries disgruntled stasi officers and dictatorial party bosses sparked an unexpected series of events culminating in the walls chaotic fallher story sweeps across budapest prague dresden
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