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John Brown's Holy War (PBS)

This is a PBS 'American Experience' production. No copyright infringement intended. For Educational purposes only.

The PBS video we watch in class about John Brown. Very insightful and detailed regarding Brown's life, his actions regarding slavery and the greater public reaction.

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Incredible images capture dazzling symmetry of Iran's mosques

Incredible images capture dazzling symmetry of Iran's mosques | Walkerteach History | Scoop.it
Self-taught Iranian photographer gains rare access to shoot religious buildings as they've never been seen.
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Incredible visuals that really capture the geometry present in Islamic art and Mosque design.

All of the buildings featured are in Iran. Many of them are from the Safavid Empire (Period 4).  

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Art and Authority (Visual DBQ).pdf - Google Drive

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Check out this DBQ, it's perfect for practicing visual document analysis.

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▶ The Spanish Empire, Silver, & Runaway Inflation: Crash Course World History #25 - YouTube

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Here's the video we watched in class.

Thoughts to keep in mind:

1) How did Latin America change after the arrival of the Spanish? (Consider what was, and what happened after)

2) Case Example: What's the mita system? In what ways did it change? In what ways did it remain the same? 

3) How was the silver of places like Potosi connected to global events? (Think beyond trade, what else was impacted?) 

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Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin

Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin | Walkerteach History | Scoop.it
Most people know about Rosa Parks and the 1955 Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott. But nine months before Parks sat down and refused to move, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on the same bus system.
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Something to keep in mind is to remember that the figures and moments that make up what we envision as "history" are not isolated random events. Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin were both a part of a greater community movement that was planned and carried out for a purpose. 

A cool story, by a great media source. 

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How Did Gettysburg Smell? How Did Vicksburg Taste? A Sensory History of the Civil War.

How Did Gettysburg Smell? How Did Vicksburg Taste? A Sensory History of the Civil War. | Walkerteach History | Scoop.it
"Hancock (a nurse) was so overcome by the smell that she viewed it as an oppressive, malignant force, capable of killing the wounded men who were forced to lie amid the corpses until the medical corps could reach them.
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The title of this article is pretty self-explanatory. Enjoy the smell-free fragrance of historical analysis.

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World Digital Library Home

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The World Digital Library provides free access to manuscripts, rare books, maps, photographs, and other important cultural documents from all countries and cultures, in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
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A truly international library community of various source materials. Check it out!

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Treasures from the London Library: Visual propaganda during the Reformation

Treasures from the London Library: Visual propaganda during the Reformation | Walkerteach History | Scoop.it
Matth. 7.: Beware the false prophets coming in sheepskins to you, but inside they are rapacious wolves
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Check out these great examples of Catholic and Protestant propaganda from the era of the Protestant Reformation.

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Vatican: Get time off in purgatory by following Pope on Twitter

Vatican: Get time off in purgatory by following Pope on Twitter | Walkerteach History | Scoop.it
Concept of indulgences date back to 1300s; church has power to reduce amount of time one spends in purgatory
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Holy maloo! Talk about a modern connection to WHAP content!

Check out this article and think about what parallels exist between today's twitter indulgences and those of Martin Luther's 16th century protestant reformation.

 

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▶ Coal, Steam, and The Industrial Revolution: Crash Course World History #32 - YouTube

Flocabulary is an online library of educational hip-hop songs and videos for grades K-12. Over 20,000 schools use Flocabulary to engage and inspire students....
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An incredible resource for reviewing the Industrial Revolution.

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Mongol Lesson - Google Drive

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Access this folder on my Google Drive for today's lesson on the Mongols.

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Beijing’s extraordinary Grand Canal

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Although few locals realize it, the once powerful Grand Canal is seeing new life in Beijing's suburb of Tongzhou.
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See how the Grand Canal is doing in today's Chinese society.

What lasting impacts has the postclassical period had on modern society? 

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History vs. Christopher Columbus

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/history-vs-christopher-columbus-alex-gendler  Many people in the United States and Latin America have grown up celebrating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s voyage.
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A brief video that covers the early exploits of Columbus in the "New World."

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How Lincoln Played the Press by Garry Wills

How Lincoln Played the Press by Garry Wills | Walkerteach History | Scoop.it
In the nineteenth century, politicians cultivated their own party’s newspapers, both the owners and the editors, shared staff with them, released news to them early or exclusively to keep them loyal, rewarded them with state or federal appointments when they won. It was a dirty game by later standards, and no one played it better than Abraham Lincoln.
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NPR-Radiolab: The Bad Show (Fritz Haber-Green Revolution)

NPR-Radiolab: The Bad Show (Fritz Haber-Green Revolution) | Walkerteach History | Scoop.it
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From approximately 25:00-45:00 tune in to hear the story of Fritz Haber, a noted German scientist from the late 19th century, and his contributions to Green Revolution fertilizer technology as well as to Chemical Warfare (circa WWI).

It's an intriguing talk that delves into how the history of scientific achievement can dip into several topics (Green Revolution and agricultural development, WWI and WWII and the development of military Chemical Warfare). 

 Here's a link to a relevant BBC article on Haber:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-13015210 

 

Here's a link to an article on America's Guano Islands Act (1856), it illustrates the point of just how "bat poop crazy" the world was becoming with regard to nitrogen demands:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/07/08/by-kevin-underhill-the-guano-islands-act/ ;

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From approximately 25:00-45:00 tune in to hear the story of Fritz Haber, a noted German scientist from the late 19th century, and his contributions to Green Revolution fertilizer technology as well as to Chemical Warfare (circa WWI).

It's an intriguing talk that delves into how the history of scientific achievement can dip into several topics (Green Revolution and agricultural development, WWI and WWII and the development of military technology). 


 

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Hagia Sophia Virtual Tour   -   www.360tr.com

Hagia Sophia Virtual Tour - www.360tr.com
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Want to go to the Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya)? Now you can.

This virtual tour is pretty decent. It was done while there was a rather large scaffolding in place (circa 2005-2010). Make it a point to reach this place in person once in you life, you won't regret it! 

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World War One Through Arab Eyes

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One hundred years after the Ottomans joined the war, this three-part series tells the story from an Arab perspective.
See it on Scoop.it, via History and Social Studies Education
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HOLY. FREAKING. AWESOME!

Talk about POV in history, here's an alternative look at the so-called "Great War" through a distinctively non-European lens. 

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Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not) - The Oatmeal

Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not) - The Oatmeal | Walkerteach History | Scoop.it
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So if you aren't familiar with The Oatmeal, allow me to introduce you with a few understandings:

1) The author behind this website covers a range of topics, not all are truly intended for our classroom.

2) The author behind this website focuses on humor, if the humor isn't to your taste, then just focus on this specific posting regarding Columbus and De Las Casas.

3) The intent of this post is to introduce you to a couple of historical figures, some interesting sources, and the ongoing social debate on whether or not we should hero worship people in history.

Read the whole post, and let me know what you think in the comments below. I assure you, his points are valid, well sourced, and above all else interesting. Enjoy the controversy; history is a debate about the past! 

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American Civil War: Daily Gains

"See every day of the American Civil War unfold as the Union fights against the Confederacy to reunite the country in a bitter struggle." The Civil War was a crucial moment in American history, a bitter struggle for the nation’s future and,...
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Ever wonder what a daily update of Confederate and Union territory might look like? Well now you can see it all in 5 minutes on youtube.

Interesting, it brings some context to understanding the Civil War. 

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Propaganda image wars in the age of Protestant Reformation

Propaganda image wars in the age of Protestant Reformation | Walkerteach History | Scoop.it
When you see the Lutheran Reformation, one interesting fact is the apocalytic climate that felt the people at that age, near the year 1500. In this date, even more than first millenium, the people ...
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Here's another greater site that analyzes 2 propaganda pieces. This time the subject matter involves direct responses to one another.

Check out the Protestant version of the 7-headed Anti-Christ vs. the Catholic version of the 7-headed Anti-Christ. 

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No, Pope Francis Isn't Offering Indulgences for Twitter Followers

No, Pope Francis Isn't Offering Indulgences for Twitter Followers | Walkerteach History | Scoop.it
The Internet went into a mild tizzy this week when the Guardian reported the Vatican was offering to get people out of purgatory sooner if they would just follow Pope Francis on Twitter. The Guadian's face-palm-worthy headline "Vatican offers 'time off purgatory' to followers of Pope Francis tweets" seemed like a major step backward for a Pope who has been so revolutionary. Other outlets like Slate and Huffington Post readily jumped on the dog pile—all, evidently, without having read the actual
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Here's an article posted in response to the early "Pope Offering Time Off in Purgatory for following him on Twitter."


What do you do with this?

1) Do some sourcing work, Relevant is a magazine of a particular POV. How does the POV of this source impact its message on the Pope's Twitter usage?

2) Do you agree with this article? Is the Pope actually granting plenary indulgences via twitter, or is he not? Are there parallels to Martin Luther's 16th Century Protestant Reformation?
 

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Klaus Störtebeker

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A story of a German "privateer" (aka a pirate) from the postclassical era. The story is filled with some interesting tidbits and tall tales, but one thing is worth noting. Klaus' story relates to what the inner workings of postclassical Western European economy was like, including the role of pirates in raiding the HANSEATIC LEAGUE.

Don't forget students, the Hanseatic League was a commercial confederation of merchants and guilds that dominated trade in Northern Europe. It was one of the most successful systems of trade in the region during that era.

The story of Klaus Störtebeker adds an element of "awesome" to our studies of the Hanseatic League, because honestly, who doesn't love pirates? Besides ninjas, the sworn enemies of pirates, of course.

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▶ Flocabulary - Industrial Revolution - YouTube

Flocabulary is an online library of educational hip-hop songs and videos for grades K-12. Over 20,000 schools use Flocabulary to engage and inspire students....
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Here's a great video that highlights some major concepts for understanding the industrial revolution.

Pay attention to:


Population and demographics
Labor by hand to mechanization.
The connection between coal, steam, and electricity

The changing socioeconomic regime (poor, middle class, rich)

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National Palace Museum-Collection > Selections > Painting > Kublai Khan Hunting

National Palace Museum-Collection > Selections > Painting > Kublai Khan Hunting | Walkerteach History | Scoop.it
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If this painting looks familiar, it's because it can be found in your WHAP textbook (Sterns' World Civilizations) on page 333.

This image is also housed by the National Palace Museum in Taipei. That's right a real piece of Mongol legacy housed here in Taiwan!

Check out this incredible page to not only see the image, but to see an enlarged zoomable image.

Ponder these questions as you look at the image: 

1) What's the context or background of this image and its painter? 

2) Who is the intended audience? 
3) What purpose did the artist have in creating this painting?

4) Are Mongols barbaric or civilized? 

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How the Berlin Wall Fell

When TIME sent photographer Anthony Suau to cover the opening of the border between East and West Berlin in 1989, he knew it could be the story of a lifetime In 1961, the communist government of East Germany erected a wall between the democratic...
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Images surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall and an interview with the photographer.

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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World - Google Books

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World - Google Books | Walkerteach History | Scoop.it
The name Genghis Khan often conjures the image of a relentless, bloodthirsty barbarian on horseback leading a ruthless band of nomadic warriors in the looting of the civilized world. But the surprising truth is that Genghis Khan was a visionary leader whose conquests joined backward Europe with the flourishing cultures of Asia to trigger a global awakening, an unprecedented explosion of technologies, trade, and ideas. In Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford, the only Western scholar ever to be allowed into the Mongols’ “Great Taboo”—Genghis Khan’s homeland and forbidden burial site—tracks the astonishing story of Genghis Khan and his descendants, and their conquest and transformation of the world. Fighting his way to power on the remote steppes of Mongolia, Genghis Khan developed revolutionary military strategies and weaponry that emphasized rapid attack and siege warfare, which he then brilliantly used to overwhelm opposing armies in Asia, break the back of the Islamic world, and render the armored knights of Europe obsolete. Under Genghis Khan, the Mongol army never numbered more than 100,000 warriors, yet it subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans conquered in four hundred. With an empire that stretched from Siberia to India, from Vietnam to Hungary, and from Korea to the Balkans, the Mongols dramatically redrew the map of the globe, connecting disparate kingdoms into a new world order. But contrary to popular wisdom, Weatherford reveals that the Mongols were not just masters of conquest, but possessed a genius for progressive and benevolent rule. On every level and from any perspective, the scale and scope of Genghis Khan’s accomplishments challenge the limits of imagination. Genghis Khan was an innovative leader, the first ruler in many conquered countries to put the power of law above his own power, encourage religious freedom, create public schools, grant diplomatic immunity, abolish torture, and institute free trade. The trade routes he created became lucrative pathways for commerce, but also for ideas, technologies, and expertise that transformed the way people lived. The Mongols introduced the first international paper currency and postal system and developed and spread revolutionary technologies like printing, the cannon, compass, and abacus. They took local foods and products like lemons, carrots, noodles, tea, rugs, playing cards, and pants and turned them into staples of life around the world. The Mongols were the architects of a new way of life at a pivotal time in history. In Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford resurrects the true history of Genghis Khan, from the story of his relentless rise through Mongol tribal culture to the waging of his devastatingly successful wars and the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed. This dazzling work of revisionist history doesn’t just paint an unprecedented portrait of a great leader and his legacy, but challenges us to reconsider how the modern world was made.From the Hardcover edition.
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For our studies of the Mongols I'd like you to access the Google Book Sample of Genghis Kahn and the Making of the Modern World written by Jack Weatherford.

Please note that this is a sample of the entire book, which means that the full text is not given without purchasing the book.

For our purposes however this sample will work wonders.

Please read the following pages that are available for FREE!

Chapter 1: The Blood Clot, pages 3-9

Be sure to read the entire story of Genghis Kahn's conquering of Bukhara found on these pages.

As you read consider...

1) What perspective of GK are we given by Weatherford?

2) What sources does Weatherford make use of in his writing?

3) What happened at Bukhara?

4) What implications does this episode from GK's life have for his future conquests and exploits?

 

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