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Essay #3 is due this week. With such a small group in the class, I will accept them withoug penalty up to the last day of classes -- marking deadlines are not a problem with this class. Here's a special deal...Your score on this essay can be substituted for one on an earlier paper (proportional to the original essay's mark total). If you do not want to substitute, a bonus of 5 will be added to your last exam score.
All questions for the final unit are due by the last day of classes.
To save class time, there will not be a Cold War test. Rather, there will be considerable Cold War material on the final exam.
- Monday, June 3 - Lube's rock version of the Russian anthem. Complete PowerPoint - Reform and Collapse in E. Europe and the Soviet Union. If we get through all of this on time, we will begin Maoist and post-Maoist China (base notes , PowerPoint and China after Mao base notes, PowerPoint). Watch an NBC news summary of the 1991 Soviet coup attempt (under 8 minutes). If you have time, watch the CNN Cold War; Soldiers of God episode -- on the Soviet experience in Afghanistan -- topical given Canada's involvement there today. Post Soviet Music videos: example 1, Lube music video set to scenes from Rota 9 (Company 9) -- a Russian film of Afghan war).
- Tuesday, June 4 - Maoist and post-Maoist China (base notes , PowerPoint and China after Mao base notes, PowerPoint). At home, watch the History Channel video Mao Declassified, which deals with the Cultural Revolution. Music videos give an interesting insight into Maoist culture. Watch Song of Dragon River.
- Wednesday, June 5 - Complete material on China. If there is time remaining, Watch Episode 15 China; 1949-1972.
- Thursday, June 6 - The Middle East Since 1956 (base notes - and PowerPoints: The Middle East From 1956-1979 and The Middle East Since 1979). If you have the time, watch the History Channel's Battlefield Detectives; Israel's Six Day War (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5), and also Modern Warfare: Yom Kippur War (1973). If you are interested in Israel's Weapons of Mass Destruction, watch the BBC's Correspondence: Israel's Secret Weapon. See the situation from the Palestinian perspective in the BBC's Clash of the Worlds; Palestine . Look at modern attitudes in the region through music videos with the following:Yallah ya Nasrallah (an anti-Arab Jewish song with English subtitles, Moon Erhabo (Anti-Israeli Rap).
- Friday, June 7 - Complete material on Middle East history. New Material -- we begin, as usual, with some appropriate music -- Baharan, and Khomeini O Imam, and finally, some Iranian pop music with a background of photos and advertising of the period just before the revolution. Lecture: Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism (base notes, PowerPoint - The Islamic Revival and World Politics ). If we finish the lecture material early, we will look at one of the following documentaries: Iranian Revolution 1979 (5 minutes - a film sympathetic to the Shah of Iran), and/or this clip from the American documentary Crisis in Iran. This clip from LinkTV translates a report from Iranian TV during the Arab Spring in 2012, comparing events in Egypt with Iran in 1979 -- the comparison is more starling when one realizes that after this report, the Islamic Brotherhood went on to win Egypt's first free elections. When you get time, consider watching the three hour documentary Iran and the West. As this class is a general introduction to rising Islamic fundamentalism, sometimes referred to as Islamism, why not watch the Irish documentary Whose Afraid of Islam (part 1, part 2), an interesting look at cultural struggles.
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- Monday, June 3 - Unit test on the Renaissance and Reformation. If you finish early, work on the map assignment: The Indian Sub-Continent. Be sure to have #1-5, p. 22 done as we will take this material up next class.
- Tuesday, June 4 - Take up #1-5, p. 22. Hand in Map Assignment. PowerPoints: Hinduism and Buddhism . We will also watch a short video presentation on Hinduism and Buddhism and answer these questions. Read pp. 22-26. Do #1-7, p. 26. If you have the time, watch John Green's Buddha and Asoka; Crash Course.
- Wednesday, June 5 - Take up homework. Watch What the Ancients did For Us; India - part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5,part 6. List important Indian inventions and explain their significance. Read pp. 26-28, do #1-5, p. 28.
- Thursday, June 6 - Take up homework answers in class. Video on Akbar the Great - sorry, this is a video tape that is not available on the Internet. Why is Akbar considered one of the great figures in world history? If not in class -- or if you would like to learn more, watch Michael Wood's documentary: The Story of India, part 27, part 28. Read pp. 112-116. Do #1-6, p. 116.
- Friday, June 7 - Take up homework. Watch Three Teachings, an introduction to Chinese culture and its roots in Confucianism, Taoism and Buddism. 1. Why is it possible for people to believe in all three teachings at the same time? 2. What does each belief system focus on? Read pp. 28-31. Do #1-5, p. 31.