You may have seen in the news that this month saw the twenty fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. If you click here you will get a detailed account of the events of that day from the Daily Telegraph. If you click here you get a consideration of the perhaps bigger question from Slate magazine of how this changed the world. In it, Fred Kaplan argues “if the Berlin Wall were still standing, it is hard to imagine that there would have been an Arab Spring or a thriving al-Qaida“.
We are going to use the Berlin Wall to discuss the idea of turning points in history in History Society next week, but for now, you might like to watch Brian Hanrahan reflect on his own report from November 1989.