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His election that November came as a surprise. Photo illustration by Slate.

His election that November came as a surprise.

Photos by Getty Images. His election that November came as a surprise. The conservative intellectuals had made telling arguments against his racism and conspiracy thinking. Rival nationalists had mocked his affection for a foreign tyrant. Businessmen had explained that economic isolation could only harm an export economy. His followers had faith, of course. Mussolini: An Overview In Videos + Readings - Lessons - TES Teach. The U.S. and Japan have very different memories of World War II. AFP/Getty Images On Tuesday, President Obama announced his decision to visit Hiroshima, Japan, the site where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb in August 1945.

The U.S. and Japan have very different memories of World War II.

Obama will specifically visit Memorial Park, which commemorates the event; he will be the first sitting American president to do so, although he does not plan to offer any sort of apology. The bombing of Hiroshima killed around 100,000 people; three days later, tens of thousands more were killed after the United States bombed Nagasaki. Isaac Chotiner is a Slate contributor. To discuss the issues of war and memory, I spoke by phone with Carol Gluck, a professor of Japanese history at Columbia University. Isaac Chotiner: What did you make of President Obama’s decision to visit Memorial Park? Carol Gluck: I think it is a very good decision. ‘Antiwar’ and Other Fighting Words. The Meaning of 'Totalitarian' Lest you think The Blue Period has abated, know that I am taking it slowly with Anne Applebaum's Iron Curtain: The Crushing Of Eastern Europe.

The Meaning of 'Totalitarian'

Ostensibly a history of Eastern Europe under Soviet rule, I regard Iron Curtain as something more granular and grand—an epic essay on the actual meaning of totalitarianism. Writers are always bemoaning the degradation of names—racist, Nazi, misogynist, homophobe etc. The common complaint is that such labels are so often employed that they have lost meaning, and thus should be restricted in their use. I am skeptical of this claim because it is so often employed by people who do not live on the business-end of ideology and tend to overstate the progressive passage of man. (You can read more on this here and here.) Korean War (5min) EyeWitness To World War Two. The Beginning of World War II, 1939 "What now?

EyeWitness To World War Two

' asked Hitler with a savage look... " Hitler's interpreter describes the reaction of the Fuhrer and his henchmen to an ultimatum from Britain and the beginning of World War II. London Goes to War, 1939 Prime Minister Chamberlain's radio announcement of war was made at 11:15 AM - the air raid sirens began wailing at 11:27. Blitzkrieg, 1940. Letters from the Trenches. We are now 150yd from Fritz and the moon is bright, so we bend and walk quietly onto the road running diagonally across the front into the Bosche line.

Letters from the Trenches

There is a stream the far side of this - boards have been put across it at intervals but must have fallen in - about 20yd down we can cross. We stop and listen - swish - and down we plop (for a flare lights everything up) it goes out with a hiss and over the board we trundle on hands and knees. Still. Apparently no one has seen so we proceed to crawl through a line of "French" wire. Now for 100yd dead flat weed-land with here and there a shell hole or old webbing equipment lying in little heaps! SL Case Study: Japanese expansion in East Asia 1931–1941 - IB History. The Age of Dictatorship: Europe 1918-1989 - Mussolini. EUROPE IN THE AGE OF DICTATORSHIP: Mussolini Richard J.

The Age of Dictatorship: Europe 1918-1989 - Mussolini

Evans FBA I If you could go back to the late 1930s and ask an averagely intelligent and politically interested European whether democracy or dictatorship was the political system of the future, the answer you’d probably have got would have been dictatorship. Democracy, most people thought, had had its day. Rudbeck-IB-History-Revision - home. Causes of the First World War. I am happy that you are using this web site and hope that you found it useful.

Causes of the First World War

Unfortunately, the cost of making this material freely available is increasing, so if you have found the site useful and would like to contribute towards its continuation, I would greatly appreciate it. Click the button to go to Paypal and make a donation. This document was written by Stephen Tonge. I am most grateful to have his kind permission to include it on the web site. 1750 to 1919: Japan. • Japan's Modern History: An Outline of the Periods [Asia for Educators] Divides Japanese history from 1600 to the present into four periods, providing teachers with a synopsis of major events placed in the context of overall historical developments.

1750 to 1919: Japan

Also includes a timeline activity for students (to be completed with information from the reading). • Timeline of Modern Japan (1868-1945) [About Japan: A Teacher's Resource] BBC World Service - The Documentary, The Rape of Berlin. Sensationelles Filmmaterial! Berlin nach der Apokalypse in Farbe und HD - Berlin In July 1945 (HD 1080p) The future of Cuba’s socialist ice-cream cathedral. There is a black-and-white photograph of Fidel Castro that was taken during his whirlwind April 1959 trip to New York, just three months after his rebel forces ousted Fulgencio Batista, a US-backed dictator who had turned Havana into a playground for the mafia.

The future of Cuba’s socialist ice-cream cathedral

Dressed in his trademark military fatigues, Castro is surrounded by minders and journalists, hunkered in the back of the miniature train that ferries visitors around the Bronx zoo. He has a pensive look in his eyes. His face is buried in an ice-cream cone. Castro was in the US at the invitation of a group of newspaper editors who were smitten with his war stories and swashbuckling style.

Aside from the photo ops, the trip did not go well: President Dwight Eisenhower refused to meet with him; after delivering a confrontational speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Castro was angered by several questions from the audience and stormed out. El Comandante rejected his northern neighbours. Traces of Evil: Site of Hitler's Bunker and New Reich Chancellery. Mohrenstrasse Underground station Mohrenstrasse underground station with the Reichschancellery in the background during the war and in the summer of 2007, looking towards the opposite direction with an attempt to Photoshop the site with me today and at the turn of the century.

Traces of Evil: Site of Hitler's Bunker and New Reich Chancellery

The original station designed by Alfred Grenander opened on 1 October 1908 on the new branch from Potsdamer Platz to Spittelmarkt. It was then called Kaiserhof after a nearby grand hotel on the Wilhelmplatz square. Online Exhibition - For European Recovery: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Marshall Plan. This cartoon by Edwin Marcus (1885–1961) refers to opposition to the Marshall Plan by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (1879–1953), pictured as a basketball player. Stalin regarded the plan's vision of an integrated European market with considerable freedom of movement, goods, services, information, and, inevitably, people, as incompatible with his economic, political, and foreign-policy goals.

In June 1947, delegates from France, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union met in Paris to discuss Marshall's proposal. After several days, Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav M. Molotov walked out, stating that the Soviet government “rejects this plan as totally unsatisfactory.” Viewed by Western leaders as one more refusal to support postwar stabilization efforts, Molotov's action contributed to the growth of Cold War tensions. Six unexpected WW1 battlegrounds. 25 November 2014Last updated at 19:23 ET The famine of Lebanon resulted in 200,000 deaths Not all crucial battles in World War One took place on the muddy fields of Europe.

Some significant fights took place in little-known places much further afield, says the BBC's Deborah Basckin. The Somme, Ypres, Passchendaele, all iconic battles of WW1. Why the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. The Berlin Wall: A Secret History. The Berlin Wall was a tangible symbol of the suppression of human rights by the Eastern bloc during the Cold War, but Frederick Taylor asks whether it was more convenient to the Western democracies than their rhetoric suggested. The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989. The photo shows a part of a public photo documentation wall at Former Check Point Charlie, Berlin.The building of the Berlin Wall in August 1961 divided families and neighbourhoods in what had been the capital of Germany. The Wall represents a uniquely squalid, violent, and ultimately futile, episode in the post-war world. And we know that the subsequent international crisis, which was especially intense during the summer and autumn of 1961, threatened the world with the risk of a military conflict, one that seemed as if it could escalate at any time into nuclear confrontation between the US and the Soviet Union.

But was all as it seemed, with the noble democracies vainly opposing yet another Communist atrocity? Timeline. The Berlin Wall in the cold war and now - interactive. 30 Pieces Of The Berlin Wall Spread Out All Over The World. The fall of the Berlin Wall: what it meant to be there. We throw chocolates up to the putty-faced East German frontier troops, as they stand guard – against whom? Defending what? – atop a Wall that since yesterday has become useless. Trench Warfare in World War I Was a Smarter Strategy Than You Realize.

World War One - The British Library. The debate on the origins of World War One - The British Library. How did soldiers cope with war? - The British Library. Curator Dr Matthew Shaw, explores notions of patriotism, social cohesion, routine and propaganda, to ask how soldiers of World War One were able to psychologically cope with the realities of combat. Introduction. World War One: 10 interpretations of who started WW1. Image copyright Alamy. The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Tunnelling under the Berlin Wall to save my girlfriend. WW2 Animated Propaganda Short Film by Walt Disney. Cold War. Who was to blame for the Cold War? 11thgradehistory.wikispaces.com/file/view/00_IB_hwk_Historiography.pdf/312556972/00_IB_hwk_Historiography.pdf.

Best Sites for Primary Documents in World History. Common Core offers an incentive for teachers to use historic documents to build literacy skills in a content area while empowering students to be the historian in the classroom. But document-based (DBQ) instruction in this context requires four key elements to be successful: The right documents. Knowing how to look at them. Letting students discover their own patterns, then asking students to describe, compare and defend what they found. Basing the task on enduring questions, the kind that students might actually want to answer.

History of the First World War, 1914-1918 (WW1) - The Map as History. Frightful First World War - Causes of WW1. Blackadder on the Causes of World War One. Blackadder Goes Forth - 'How Did The War Start?' Animated Soviet Propaganda. By Maria Popova What warthogs and vultures have to do with the most critical polarization in world politics. Balkans-1912-13.jpg (543×600)