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Pope John Paul II & the fall of the Soviet Union

Assess the significance of such key figures as Pope John Paul II in bringing about the fall of the Soviet Empire and the creation of independent nation-states in Eastern Europe (in particular, Poland). To what extent can an individual effect significant change?

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Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005) was the first Polish Pope and lived through the Nazi occupation of Poland. During his papacy Pope, John Paul II sought to normalize relations with Communist Russia and urged the Berlin Wall in Germany to be brought down. The pope's activities and opinions were highly influenced by ...

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This solution briefly examines howPope John Paul II played a vital background role in the fall of the Berlin Wall and promoting the ideals of unity and empathy to his Polish homeland.