Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Decolonization & Independence

Decolonizationa and Independence.  Clips about Angola's  & Nigeria's war for independence,  apartheid, Mandela, the Iranian Revolution and Tank Man.

Primary & Secondary resources for Teaching about Decolonization

The resources are divided by reigion and theme.

In Africa, for example, you'll find a speech by Kwame Nkrumah called “I Speak of Freedom” (1961), and Patrice Lumumba's “Speech at Accra” in 1958 to the Assembly of African Peoples.  He wanted to  throw off “the shackles of colonialism and all its consequences.”

In the section on Asia, you will find resources like Mohammed Ali Jinnah's “Presidential Address to the Muslim League” in 1940 and Mahatma Gandhi's address called "Hind Swaraj," or Indian Home Rule in 1909.  Some call this adress one of the most famous sources from the decolinization period in India.

Thanks to Bram Hubbell for tweeting the link.

Angolan War for Independence

Decolonization in Ghana & Kwame Nkruma

Great overview of African decolonization

Apartheid: 46 Years in 90 Seconds from BBC

Nelson Mandela, Mini Biography

Iran's Revoltuion from Crash Course

Tank Man, from BBC Newsnight

Rwanda Genocide Documentary

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

World War II Resources

Here are some clips and websites for World War II and early Cold War events. They include Oprha's interview with Elie Wiesel, a 3D animation of Geuernica, a clip from the Nuremberg Trials, and more.

Nazi Aggression and Appeasement/ KhanAcademy

Beginning of WWI/ KhanAcademy

Attack on Pearl Harbor

Guerinca in 3D

The Nuremberg Trials

Trumn Doctrine & Marshal Plan

Elie Wiesel interview with Oprah

Berlin Airlift

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Japanese Imperialism during the Interwar Period

Here are two video clips about Japanese imperialism during the interwar period.

The first reviews the Manchurian crisis and the failure of the League of Nations and the second, from CCTV News, speaks to eyewitnesses about the Nanking Massacre.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Middle Ages: Resources

Here are clips and links to the Middle Ages.

The Carolingians from the series, The Dark Ages.

Here's a short clip about the medieval university

Charlemagne's Palatine Chapel in Aachen Germany

Charlemagne's empire
Great animated clip about Romanesque and Gothic archetecure.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Interwar & Rise of Dictators: Resources

Here are some short video clips covering the interwar years and the rise of dictators.

Great Depression

Lessons from the Great Depression from free2trade. It runs about 9 minutes.

Russian Revolution

An overview of the Russian Revolution from Khan Academy.


Lenin's Economic Policy and War Communism


Short biography of Stalin from Biography.


Fascism and Mussolini from Khan Academy


Short biography of Mussolini from


Short bigography of Hitler from Bigography.

This TedEd video from Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard is awesome. Its called "How did Hitler rise to Power."


In this interview with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Holocaust survivor Susan (Hilsenrath) Warsinger shares her memories of Kristallnacht, the November 1938 pogroms.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

PBL Versus Projects: Graphic Explanation

Here's a great graphic I found on Twitter that shows the difference between projects and project based learning.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

AP World 7 Day Review Challenge

It's never too early for AP World students to begin reviewing.

Amanda DoAmaral, whose You Tube channel has some terrrific reivews for key concepts in World History, just rolled out a 7 day reivew challenge for students. Sign up for the 7 day challenge, and she'll send you a review activity each day.

She says that the activites will revolve around the most important people in AP World History.

Teachers can sign up too and she will send the activities to you as well so you can review them with the students.

Monday, March 5, 2018

AP World Review Videos

AP World History teacher, Amanda DoAmaral, has a terrific YouTube channel all about AP World History. ‏

In one video, she explains how to use the reading period for the DBQ to quickly break down the question and analyze the documents.

In addition, she has some great reviews for Period 5, 1750-1900, broken down by key concept.  Below, DoAmaral reviews Revoltuions and Imperialism.

She's now working on the key concepts for the contemporary period, 1900- Present, so you should defintely subscribe to her channel.

I love the videos and think they are great for students to use. I posted some of them on Classroom  before the Unit 5 test.

You can subscribe to her YouTube channel here.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

World War I Resources

Here are some short videos and websites that are terrific for World War I.


History on the Net has a nice concise page on the MAIN causes of World War I.

This video clip also reviews the MAIN causes in six minutes. It comes from "Made from History."

John Ruddy has an awesom review of the war in six minutes.
Day that Shook the World reviews the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. It's dramatic and engaging and only seventeen minutes.


Check out weapons of World War I on this page from History on the Net. And here's a two minute clip about chemical gases during the war.


Khan Academy reviews the Sykes-Picot agreement between Britain and France below.

From BBC News, Why border lines drawn with a ruler in WW1 still rock the Middle East. The author reviews teh Sykes Picot Agreement and includes good maps.


What makes World War I a global War? The Guardian has an awesome interactive site with seven parts. Each part has a three or four minute video narrated by different historians.


Here's an excellent short lecture on Ataturk and the creation of Turkey from AP World teacher, Jeff Anderson.


 Here is another lecture from Jeff Anderson about the Middle East mandates, Pan-Arabism, and Zionism.


Read about war propaganda here in this National Geographic essay that reviews an exhibit at the Map House in London. 


This short clip reviews the Big Three and their goals at the conference. It comes from Simple History.


Finally, Joe Sacco reviews the war through art in this Vimeo clip.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Infographics about Africa that will Surprise You

Here's a link to a terrrific blog post with 19 infographics about Africa that will surprise you. 

For example, did you know that Africa is so big that it can contain not just China and the United States, but India and Argentina as well!

What three African countries have the largest populations? You'll see a small inforgraphic showing Nigeria, Egypt and Ethiopa as the three largest.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Imperialism: Perry, Leopold, & the Scramble: Resources

Studying imperialism? Here are some great resources.

The first video, from the National Museum of American History,  examines Commodore Matthew Perry's entrance into Tokyo Bay in 1853, with the hope of opening trade between Japan and America. The host reviews a Japanese book from the time period that shows how the Japanese viewed the Americans.

Al Jazeera has an excellent documentary that reviews the Scramble for Africa. The first twenty minutes offers a good overview. The full documentary runs 44 minutes.

BBCFOUR has an excellent nine minute clip about the Congo and King Leopold.

Finally, here's a primary source from Jules Ferry on French colonialism written in  1858.  Ferry outlines the reasons the French were so interested in colonialism. He's pretty blunt--We must say openly that indeed the higher races have a right over the lower races . . . .

Monday, February 5, 2018

Haitian Revolution Web Comic

Here's a terrific web comic about the Haitian Revolution.

It's readable, colorful and ideal for the classroom and written by a scholar, Laruent Dubois, who teaches at Duke.

Professor Dubois' book, A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804," won a number of awards, including the American Historical Association Prize in Atlantic History.

Thanks to Bram Hubbell for the link!

Awesome Video Intro to Islam: Religion for Breakfast

Here is a terrific short video introduction to Islam from Andrew Mark Henry and Dr. Hussein Rashid. The video is part of Henry's series called Religion for Breakfast.

Henry and Rashid offer a methodology we can use to understand Islam and any religion. The methodology is that religions evolve over time, are internally diverse and are embedded in our culture.  

This methodology helps us to understand, for example, that Islam is not a monolithic religion. Islam in Indonesia is not like Islam in Saudi Arabia.  

This is an awesome introduction and the methodology will help students to understand the complexity of Islam and indeed all religions.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018

Human Population Through Time

Human population. It took 200,000 years for us to reach 1 billion and only 200 years to reach 7 billion.

And in 1100CE, the world population was only about 368 million, close to the population of the United States today.

Check out this simulation of population through time from the American Museum of Natural History.