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The Walls Came Tumbling Down

How will future historians assess the impact of the years 1968 and 1989?

The years 1968 and 1989 stand as major turning points in the history of the West. In 1968, dubbed the "year of the barricades," a student protest movement broke out into the open in the United States, Italy, England, and France. Students took to the streets and protested the war in Vietnam, the university system and everything that stood for "It" -- the Establishment.

By the end of 1989, the unthinkable had taken place -- the Berlin Wall had fallen and with it, Soviet-style communism in the people's republics of Eastern Europe. Glasnost and perestroika became the new buzzwords as one Soviet-inspired government after another fell to ruins, along with the Soviet Union itself.