BC: The Color is Green as this was the mass produced color of many products, such as rugs, furniture and flooring. Tacky yes.
FC: Autumn of Change 1989 Daniel Flynn
1: Table Of Contents | Poland 2 East Germany 4 Hungry 6 Romania 8 The Baltic's 10 Russia 12
2: Poland was the First
3: Solidarity was a movement that started in the 1980's as a consortium of many different splinter groups into one united front. In the summer of 1989, the hard line communists, gave into the solidarity movement and allowed for free open elections that same year, the communists lost all but one seat in government. Communism was dead and state broke away from the Warsaw Pact, becoming the first state with in the Eastern Bloc to do so. These events that occurred in Poland went on to inspire the Autumn of change in 1989. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specialreports/1989.shtml
4: East Germany 1989
5: The fall of the wall in 1989 in Berlin is the greatest representation of the fall of communism. The wall fell down, not because of riots or a bloody revolt, but because of mass political change and support from the Soviet Union. Reforms that needed to take place were not, and the East German people were increasingly putting pressure o the state, but nothing came to avail. East Germans were felling in the thousands through the Hungarian-Austrian border, causing the East German government to open the wall, relieving pressure on East German neighbors. The fall of the wall led to reunification of Germany. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specialreports/1989.shtml
6: Hungry A Quiet Revolution
7: Hungry is next in the line of a fallen Eastern European Bloc country to fall. Hungry had a relatively painless transition as the parliament in 1988, which was completely a communist government, passed a bill that allowed for more plurality with the government, and trade unions. In the fall of 1989, Hungry dropped its name, the People's Republic ofHungry, to just Hungry. Hungry also signed an agreement with the Soviet Union for full troop removal by 1991. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specialreports/1989.shtml
8: Romania, The Only Bloody revolution December 1989
9: In Tsimisoria, Romania, the Securitata, (secret police) shot and killed 56 people for supporting a monk that was not allowed by the state. Rumors fast spread that the securitata killed people in the tens of thousands, which made its way to a rally speech by Ceausescu in Bucharest. The speech was interrupted and Ceausescu was forced to flee, he was later executed. The loyal members of the Securtitata, later opened fire on the protesters and tried to restore oder, killing over 200 people. The Army stepped in and officially declared that Ceausescu was executed and that the communist government was officially finished. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specialreports/1989.shtml
10: The Baltic States Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania
11: The Baltic's were a palace in which were not like the other Eastern European Bloc COuntries, because they were a directly part of the Russian Federation of states. THis made revolution nearly impossible in 1989, as Gorbachev was not willing to let these Russian States go as easily as the Eastern Bloc. However, in 1989, the Baltic countries started many small steps towards freedom, such as musical concerts in Estonia that attracted over ten percent of the population in a silent opposition to the government. In 1990 there was a Hands across the Baltic's, which marked the beginning of the end for of the Russian States. In 1991, 15 countries including the three Baltic states signed the Confederation of Independent States agreement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estonia
12: The finial nail of Communism and the cold War.
13: Russia was the last and only member remaining of the Soviet Union in December of 1991. The country actually fell in August of 1991, as an attempted coup against then leader Gorbachev was successful in the sense that it wheeled in the power of Boris Yeltsin and his democratic movement away from communism and a Russian Federation of States. Between August and December of that year, both Yeltsin and Gorbachev shared power as presidents, Gorbachev was replaced fully by October of Russia, but remained as the president of the Soviet Union until December 31, 1991. From August of 1991- December Yeltsin ran the show, disbanding the Russian Federation and transitioning to a free market economy. The cold War is officially Over. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_of_Soviet_Socialist_Republics