We are studying The Berlin Blockade in our history class. We had to get in pairs and complete a graph in which we had to analyzed aspects of the Berlin Blockade.
This is the TASK that is on lennys blog.
- What was life like in Berlin in the post-war era?
The life in Berlin was harsh. As it was divided into two zones people were confused and scared, they didn’t knew what was going to happen next. They wanted to recovered from war because they were devastated. After war finished, 600,000 apartments had been destroyed, and only 2.8 million of the city’s original population of 4.3 million still lived in the city.
- How did Soviet policy towards Berlin differ from that of the West?
The USSR wanted to isolate his zone, the west, but the allies didnt to accepted that.
- Why was reform of the German currency a key issue for both sides?
The Western Allies introduced a new currency into Bizonia (their new unified zone). Stalin believed the new currency was an attempt to wreck the East German economy. The next day the Russians stopped all road and rail traffic into Berlin.
- In what respect can the USSR and US be responsible for further increasing tensions during the airlift?
Both the US and the USSR can be to blame for the tensions during the airlift because although each country had shown that it was not willing to go to war with each other, they were very suspicious of each other. On one side, Stalin feared Germany recovering and wanted to cripple her, while the western countries thought that Germany could not even feed its own people if it was not allowed to rebuild her industries. Stalin had blocked the canals which connect eastern and western germany because he thought that this would force the Allies out of Berlin which would became entirely dependant on the USSR. However, by 1949 it was clear for the Soviets that the Western Allies would not give up Berlin. The US saw the blockade as a threat to the freedom of Western Europe.
6. Why did Stalin eventually agree to talks over the airlift?
In the end, Stalin finally reopened communications and removed the blockade because it was clear that the blockade would not make the Western Allies give up Berlin and because it brought in supplies (by plane) at a rate which exceeded what had been provided before the crisis.