Sunday, March 24, 2019

Two Short Clips about the Early Cold War and Marshall Plan

The first clip comes from Media Rich Learning and covers the end of World War II, the Russian Revolution, and the beginning of the split between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

The second clip concentrates on the Marshall Plan and comes from History.  It runs for only three minutes.



Friday, March 22, 2019

Russian Revolution Documentary

Here's an excellent documentary about the Russian Revolution that I found on School Tube. It's in three 9 minute parts.  I can't figure out who made the documentary but it's good, engaging, and relatively short.

In the first nine minutes, the documentary outlines the causes of the revolution reviewing the plight of the peasants and workers and the abdication of the tsar.

In the second part, Lenin arrives in Moscow on a sealed train car from Switzerland. He outlines his Marxist ideals and wrote down his vision for a socialist country in a paper called the April Thesis, which called for power to the Soviets and an end to the "imperialist war."

In the third part, Lenin overthrows the Provisional Government and gets Russia out of World War I.



Monday, March 18, 2019

Nuremberg Trial Explained: Terrific Clip

Here's an excellent 17-minute review of the Nuremberg Trial from History Skope that would be great for students.  It notes that the trial was the first time an international court sentenced criminals to prison and even death.

The development of an international court came about after the Big Three considered three possibilities. Do nothing to the war criminals, kill them all by executive action, or put them all on trial, which is what they decided to do.

History Skope outlines how the tribunal was set up and reviews the four types of crimes for which a person could be indicted: crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and a common plan or conspiracy to commit any of the three previous crimes.


Saturday, March 16, 2019

The World in 1900, A Hyperdoc Assignment


Studying the twentieth century just before World War I? Here's a hyperdoc I made, using a template from Ms. Byars,  that allows students to research four significant events in the first decade of the twentieth century. The hyperdoc includes links for each event as well as links to short video clips.

The events include the Bloody Sunday massacre in Russia in 1905 and the Russo-Japanese War in the same year. Students examine Georgii Gapon's petition to the tsar and the main concessions that Russia lost to Japan.

Students also read about the collapse of dynastic China and the Mexican Revolution, both in 1910.

The guiding question for students is to analyze the commonalities of these different events.

The research should show students the instability or insecurity that characterized the beginning of the 20the century.

In years past, I started the 20th century with World War I but a relatively new book by James Carter and Richard Warren called Forging the Modern World, changed my mind.

Carter and Warren start off Chapter 10, Total War and Mass Society: 1905-1928, with a review of unrest in Russia, the collapse of China, and the Mexican Revolution in an effort to demonstrate the "volatility that stretched the capacity of political regimes in the early twentieth century."

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Samurai and Bushido: Two Great Clips

Studying Japan?

Here's are two great short clips on the Samurai and the Code of Bushido. One is from the History Channel and the second comes from Simple History.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The British Empire and India: Three Video Clips

Here are three terrific clips about the British  Empie and India.

The first comes from BBC TWO and runs only four minutes. The second comes from the Armchair Historian and runs about eight minutes It explains how the British East India Company conquered India.

The third clip is a 28-minute documentary from BBC TWO and explains how the British ruled India.




Monday, February 25, 2019

How did the Venezuelan Crisis Start? Resources


Teaching about the crisis in Venezuela.  Here are some resources that explain the origins of the crisis and what's going on now.

The stories below explain the origins of the crisis. The essays from Origins and Al Jazeera are particularly good and include charts and graphs.

What's happening now?

Video Clips

Here are two clips, one from the PBS NewsHour and one from The Daily Conversation, along with a longer (28 minutes) documentary from Al-Jazeera.


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Bantu Migrations

Studying Bantu migrations across sub-Saharan Africa? 

Here's a great 10-minute clip from Jared Diamond's documentary, Guns, Germs, and Steel.

This might be a great complement to Eric Beckman's terrrific lesson about the Swahili language which is a Bantu language.

Diamond notes that words in a number of African languages sound remarkably similar because of a common root.  They all come from the Bantu, which originated in West Africa and spread throughout tropical Africa about 5000 years ago.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Russian Revolution: Videos, Infographics and More

Here's a great website about the Russian Revolution, called  1917, Free History,  from Yandex Publishing.  It includes diaries, letters, memoirs,  and newspapers. 

The site includes some terrific resources including the two awesome animated clips below, the first about the collapse of the Russian Empire and second about the death of Rasputin. Each runs for about five minutes.

You can also see a cool infographic of European dynasties, which you can enlarge or minimize. You could even create a kind of web quest with the European dynasties infographic because it includes both profiles and interesting connections. 



Thursday, February 21, 2019

Decolonization Resources


Here's a great resource for teaching decolonization from the National National Center. It includes educational material and resources by theme and region.

Click on Africa and you'll find a long list of primary sources like the Mau Mau Warrior Oath and Patrice Lumumba's “Speech at Accra” in 1958.

And if you click on Asia, you'll find Mohammed Ali Jinnah's “Presidential Address to the Muslim League” in 1940 and the Indian National Congress “‘Quit India’ Resolution” in 1942.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Russian Revolution Animated Overview

Here's a great review of the key events of the Russian Revolution from the  Oregon State University Ecampus.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Global Migration in 1858: Charles Minard Map


Studying global migrations in the 19th century?

Here's an awesome map from Charles Joseph Minard showing the major trends in migration in 1858.  The map key shows six major ports of debarkation and the major destinations.

We are working on global migrations in World History.  I'm going to put the link to the map on Google Classroom and ask the kids to identify major trends and to try to identify the factors pushing migrants to different locations.

You can find the map at the online Library of Congress site and you can manipulate it by making it larger or smaller so you can clearly see specific port names.

Monday, February 11, 2019

NYU Professor Challenges Governor Northam's "Indentured Servants"

Here is an excellent twitter thread from Rebecca Anne Goetz, Associate Professor of History at New York University, about Governor Northam's recent portrayal of the first Africans to land on our shores in 1619 as "indentured servants."

Professor Goetz argues that Northam was "engaging a narrative of white innocence, of Virginian innocence, a narrative that slavery wasn't that bad."

Governor Northam spoke to Face the Nation this weekend about the crisis that his yearbook photo caused. He said that he wanted to stay in office and work on civil rights and equity. In the clip below, he mentions the 400th anniversary  of the first "indentured servants" to arrive on our shore.

Professor Goetz reviews the historiography surorounding the first slaves to land on our shores.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Caravanserai and the Silk Roads


Here are two great resources for studying the Silk Roads.

The first comes from Saudi Aramco World. It's an essay called Spine of the Silk Road in which the author, Andrew F. Lawler, reviews the importance of khans which were one of three types of "hotels" along the Silk Roads. Funduqs and caravanserais were the other two types of lodging for Silk Raod traders. Lawler notes;
All three were, to varying degrees across continents and centuries, vibrant centers where peoples, religions and ethnicities mingled. In particular, caravanserais were probably more like airports today, resembling small towns in themselves, with places to sleep, eat, shop, pray, meet and mingle while livestock rested, awaiting the next stage of the journey. Here you might make an unexpected profit on a load of exotic goods, trade rumors of bandits or tax collectors, or just savor tea with your own countrymen in a distant land.
The second resource comes from the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University.  (my thanks to Jeremy Greene for the link). It's called "Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa." It includes over 100 pieces of art and fragments from the Silk Roads and opened on January 26, 2019.

Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time at The Block Museum of Art from Block Museum on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Six Great Podcasts for Topics in World History

Here are SIX excellent podcasts that include episodes on topics in world history.

Fifteen Minute 

Fifteen Minute History comes from the University of Texas at Austin and includes topics in both World and US History.  The World History topics are organized and searchable by region.

Some of the more interesting episodes include

Dig History

Dig History started in 2015. Interesting episodes for World History include:

On Top of the World

Two young professors, Dave Eaton, an associate professor at Grand Valley State University, and Matt Drewinski, a former AP instructor in Houston, and now a world history graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh tackle topics in World History.

World History Class with Mr. Lutz


Mike Lutz includes 30-minute podcasts on the different periods in AP World History.

Head on History

Head on History is great for anything about Islam and the Middle East. The host, Ali  A Olami is a professor and his podcast runs 35 to 50 minutes. Here are a few that I've listened to and like.

The Classical Ideas Podcast

Greg Soden,  a high school teacher in Buffalo, New York, interviews authors, thinkers, and teachers about religion and culture. Some of his episodes are useful for teaching about the different religions.