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The Rest Is History: 83. The Berlin Wall

The Episode “83. The Berlin Wall” of “The Rest Is History

60 years ago this month, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) began building a barrier that divided the city of Berlin. It stood until 1989 and came to symbolise the front line of the Cold War.

Iain MacGregor, author of “Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth”, joins Tom and Dominic to discuss the history of the Wall, the ideological divide it represented and why it eventually fell.

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Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, and attempting to de-tangle the present.


They question the nature of Greatness, why the West no longer has civil wars and whether Richard Nixon was more like Caligula or Claudius.

They’re distilling the entirety of human history, or, as much as they can fit into about fifty minutes.

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