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  The Berlin blockade

The Berlin blockade (24th June 1948-12th May 1949) put an end to Four Power cooperation, and to the unity of both Germany and Berlin. The administrative and political division of the city became a reality on 30th November 1948 when the Communists set up a separate city council in the Soviet sector. This partitioning was further strengthened with the creation of the GDR (East Germany) and the FRG (West Germany), with East Berlin (403 kmē / 155 sq. mi.) becoming the capital of the one, and West Berlin (480 kmē / 185 sq. mi.) a non-integrated extension of the other.

During the nineteen-fifties, the two sections of the city tried to heal the scars of war in an atmosphere of fierce competition. West Berlin became a city on the Cold War "front", an outpost of the West and a dazzling showcase of capitalism. East Berlin sought to become a model of architectural socialism, a revolutionary centre.

 

GDR and FRG
GDR and FRG

 

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