[Surfnetkids: 16 Oct 2013] Fall of Communism



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#1. October 16, 2013

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

I’m home! If you missed the pictures I posted from my European travels, you can catch up on Instagram.

Today’s topic was inspired by a Communism Walking Tour I took in Budapest, led by Anna. This was just one of three Free Walking Tours that runs daily in Budapest. The concept is that at the end of the tour, you pay the guide whatever you feel the tour was worth! I loved it, and learned so much.

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
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#2. Fall of Communism

by Barbara J. Feldman
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The mostly peaceful Revolutions of 1989 brought the collapse of communist governments in Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. They also marked the end of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West.

BBC: 1989: Key Events in Europe’s Revolution
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“The fall of the Iron Curtain which lifted communist rule across a swathe of Europe was as swift as it was unexpected.” From February 6, when Poland’s communist government entered into talks with banned trade union Solidarity, to December 25 when Romanian president Ceausescu was executed by a firing squad, BBC outlines the key events of the Revolutions of 1989.

BBC: Mapping the Fall of Communism 1989-1991
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The fall of communism brought big changes to Europe’s political landscape. In this interactive map, you’ll see new countries appear (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and so on) and watch existing countries throw off communist rule (Hungary, Poland, Romania, etc.) as they turn from red to white on the map. Traverse through the eight maps using the Next and Back buttons.

Center for History and New Media: Making the History of 1989
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“Textbooks often describe the events of that year [1989] as the inevitable collapse of a repressive system in favor of a freer democratic form of government. But the reality is much more complex. Many forces, both internal and external, conspired to bring down the Communist regimes, and not every government that replaced them could be described as fully democratic.” With reproduced primary sources, scholar interviews, teaching modules and case studies, Making the History of 1989 is my pick of the week. Don’t miss it.

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