Tag: Cold War

What is the origin of 'cold war'? George Orwell is part of the answer.

George Orwell and the origin of the term ‘cold war’

On 19 October 1945 George Orwell used the term cold war in his essay ‘You and the Atom Bomb’,  speculating on the repercussions of the atomic age which had begun two months before when the United States bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. In this article, Orwell considered the social and political implications of ‘a […]

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German Unity Day

Do East and West Germans still speak a different language?

Read a German version of this text. On 12 September 1990, about ten months after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the foreign ministers of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) met with their French, American, British, and Soviet counterparts in Moscow to sign the so-called Two-Plus-Four Treaty. This paved […]

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What exactly does 'ich bin ein Berliner' mean?

‘Ich bin ein Berliner’, JFK, and jam doughnuts

The fall of the Berlin Wall (initially called antifaschistischer Schutzwall, or ‘anti-fascist protective barrier’) in 1989 is a momentous occasion in German history and a crucial milestone hailing the end of the GDR, which had been founded in 1949 and was officially dissolved in 1990. Over 51 years, the GDR formed an important part of […]

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Like the concrete wall, the word wall divides Europe linguistically.

Wall of words: the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall was built on 13 August 1961. Like the concrete wall, the word wall divides Europe linguistically. Some European languages, like German and French, form their words for wall from the Latin murus. So the German for Berlin Wall is die Berliner Mauer. English, Irish, and other languages use another Latin word, vallum, […]

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