In History we’ve been preparing for the AS Level Cambridge Examinations that we will take next year. The first topic to tackle was the French Revolution. Here’s a timeline from 1789 to 1795:
In History we’re learning about the Berlin Blockade. Here’s an activity our teacher handed out so we could complete:
1. What was life like in Berlin in the post-war era?
It was divided into four zones: American, British, French and Soviet. Berlin, like the whole of Germany was devastated, it lost almost half its population.
2. How did Soviet policy towards Berlin differ from that of the West?
Stalin wanted to keep Germany crippled. The West had a very different idea in mind. They wanted to bring Germany back to it’s full potential.
3. Why was reform of the German currency a key issue for both sides?
It was easier to trade between
4. Why was the airlift such a major feat?
It was a smart move, very risky but still a smart move. West Berlin was slowly regaining its strength. The Soviets and Americans both acted maturely and once the US proved she would not give up, Stalin reopened communications.
5. In what respect can the USSR and US be responsible for further increasing tensions during the airlift?
The US was scared the first time flying over east Germany to get into Berlin scared of the possibility that the Soviets would shoot down the planes. Both countries were very suspicious of each other but, in the end none of them had war-like intentions.
6. Why did Stalin eventually agree to talks over the airlift?
He saw West Germany unwilling to give up West Berlin, not even after 10 months. So, he reopened communications.
Who was more to blame for Berlin becoming a major flashpoint in the Cold War, the Soviets or the Americans?
I think all four countries involved were to blame. They all agreed to divide Berlin into four. Even though the war between Communists and Capitalists resulted in FR, BR, and USA to unite against the soviets, Stalin still proceeded to blockade them.