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Robert Wargas


November 9, 2011 - 7:37 am

All history is contingency, argued Hugh Trevor-Roper. Grand theories and meta-narratives fail to account for the moments when history turns on a dime. On November 9, 1989, a butterfly flapped its wings in East Germany and caused an earthquake in the rest of the world: During a press conference in East Berlin, Gunter Schabowski, spokesman for the ruling Socialist Unity Party, mistakenly announced to reporters that travel restrictions had been lifted from East Berlin into West Berlin. And the wall began to fall….

Robert Wargas is a contributor to PJ Media. A native of Long Island, he was educated at the City University of New York and Yale University, and has also written for The Daily Telegraph of London and The Weekly Standard. Outside of opinion writing, he has worked as a professional historian for a major research laboratory and university, documenting the history of biotechnology since the 1970s. He has also reported for both weekly and daily newspapers, including Newsday. He maintains a personal blog/website at Follow him on Twitter @RobertWargas

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