Thursday, October 29, 2020
The Yad Vashem site tries to make the victims of the Holocaust something more than just statistics. Its database is an attempt to preserve a memory of as many individual victims as possible.
Browse through the database, and look through some of the individual pages of testimony. What do you find interesting/memorable in these pages?
Communism is one of the three "flavors" of totalitarianism we talk about in class. It is the most widespread and, in a certain sense, most "successful" flavor of totalitarianism--and probably the most important for you to understand.
For many years, I showed in class a video called "Harvest of Despair" an excellent film on "Holodomor," the Ukrainian famine. I haven't had time for this in recent years, but I'd very much like you to see the video.
You can watch this online version of The Harvest of Despair. There is a better quality DVD version in the NSU library. A group of you might want to check the DVD out and watch it together.
A very good alternative is to watch the "Great War" episode on Holodomor.
I'll give you extra credit for your response to the prompt here:
Which Holodomor video did you watch? What did the video teach you about Soviet Communism that you didn't know before? What insights did you gain on the motivations and methods of those who supported the movement? Did anything here help you understand why this particular flavor of totalitarianism survived longer (and did more damage) than other totalitarian systems?
You can read extra articles for more extra credit, but please put each article comment in a separate post.
The series has episodes with more details on each of the stupid moves. Watch either summary, and then choose *one* event you want to know more about and view the episode that gives details on that event or choose any of the other "Great War" videos and comment here on your impressions. If you look at the links to the right on the video here, you'll see all the "Great War" videos in chronological order.
For extra credit, click on the comments link below and note something you learned from the video that would help you write a good essay on the senseless violence of World War I.
Those of you who are interested in guns may like some of the "special" episodes that talk about rifles used by various countries, e.g., this video on German rifle.
Read either or both selections, and add your comments here. What would you say to encourage students to read the selection for themselves?
You do not need to read the whole of the Manifesto. Part II (Proletarians and Communists) is sufficient, though reading the conclusion of Part IV is also helpful Here's an online edition of the Manifesto.
Monday, September 28, 2020
compare it to the version of the story I told in class. How does reading the original version of the story add to your impressions of Rousseau? Do you find yourself more sympathetic to him or less sympathetic to him? Does the version of the story I told you in class seem close enough to the original, or do you think that students definitely should read the original version and draw their own conclusions?
Browse to an article on a topic of interest to you. Comment on what you found particularly interesting in that article.