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How should history remember Fidel Castro?

How should history remember Fidel Castro? | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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'To many, he was a heroic champion of the disenfranchised; to others, a cruel tyrant. Following Fidel Castro’s death in November 2016, five historians offered their verdicts on the Cuban leader’s life and legacy.'

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'To many, he was a heroic champion of the disenfranchised; to others, a cruel tyrant. Following Fidel Castro’s death in November 2016, five historians offered their verdicts on the Cuban leader’s life and legacy.'

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Why Does Joseph Stalin Matter? - YouTube

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Stephen Kotkin on 'Stalin, Waiting for Hitler' part 1 

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In pictures: The Romanovs in colour

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'The deaths of the Romanovs – Russia’s last royal family – at the hands of Bolshevik guards in July 1918 brought an end to a dynasty that had ruled Russia for more than 300 years. A century on, a project to commemorate the family’s execution has collected together thousands of Romanov family photographs …'

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New York Times/Herbert Matthews: Fidel Castro "definitely Not a Communist" (1959) - YouTube

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New York Times journalist and backer of Fidel Castro, Herbert Matthews. 

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Chiang Kai-Shek and the USA: Puppet and Puppeteer, but Which Was Which? by David White

Chiang Kai-Shek and the USA: Puppet and Puppeteer, but Which Was Which? by David White | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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'Chiang played four successive presidents adroitly, using a mixture of bluff, threat and the prospect of the collapse of his regime. His skill was all the more remarkable because of the need to avoid precipitating America into deciding that a two-Chinas policy was best suited to dealing with the perceived menace of Mao.'
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Rana Mitter on studying the Nanjing Massacre

Rana Mitter on studying the Nanjing Massacre | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
The noted Oxford scholar explains what we know about the event and how we remember historical atrocities.
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'On the podcast to discuss his own study of the Nanjing Massacre, and the way that historical atrocities are remembered around the world, is Rana Mitter of Oxford University.'
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China's Class of 1977: I took an exam that changed China

China's Class of 1977: I took an exam that changed China | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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'Forty years ago China reinstated its all-important college entrance exam after a gap of more than a decade when the country was plunged into the chaos of the Cultural Revolution. More than five million people sat the exams in the hope of securing a university place. The BBC's Yuwen Wu describes what it was like to be among them.'
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IB History Extended Essay: 2018 Criteria: ActiveHistory.co.uk

IB History Extended Essay: 2018 Criteria: ActiveHistory.co.uk | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
History games, revision quizzes and worksheets for KS3, GCSE, IB and A-Level school children!
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'The Extended Essay is an individual project of 4000 words. It is a chance to study a topic that interests you which is not covered by the syllabus. It can cover any historical topic of your choice from within the past 10 years. It is supervised by your History teacher, but marked by the IB board. It will involve an emphasis on personal research and the use of primary sources.'
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Opinion | How Mao Molded Communism to Create a New China

Opinion | How Mao Molded Communism to Create a New China | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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'Toward the end of his life, dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, Mao Zedong claimed two achievements: leading the Communist revolution to victory and starting the Cultural Revolution. By pinpointing these episodes, he had underlined the lifelong contradiction in his attitudes toward revolution and state power. Mao molded Communism to fit his two personas. To use Chinese parlance, he was both a tiger and a monkey king.'
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Seventeen Moments in Soviet History

Seventeen Moments in Soviet History | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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A large archive of essays and resources on Soviet History arranged chronologically. 
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Mao: The legend of the Long March

Mao: The legend of the Long March | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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'Mao Zedong made great political capital out of the Red Army’s epic trek to escape the clutches of their enemies in China 80 years ago. But, as Edward Stourton explains, the communist leader’s version of the march did not always reflect reality.'
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Stalin’s Russia: Society & Culture pt2 Prof. Ian Thatcher

The History Faculty - University lectures for secondary schools
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Stalin's Russia: Society and Culture by Ian Thatcher [2]
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Stalin’s Rise to Power pt2 Dr. James Harris

The History Faculty - University lectures for secondary schools
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Stalin's rise to power, Dr James Harris [2]
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Joseph Stalin: Waiting For Hitler (Part 2) - YouTube

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Stephen Kotkin on 'Stalin, Waiting for Hitler' part 2

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People's Century Part 03 1917 Red Flag - YouTube

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People's Century: 1917 Red Flag

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Cuban Rebel is Visited in Hideout, by Herbert Matthews

Cuban Rebel is Visited in Hideout, by Herbert Matthews | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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Herbert Matthews, writing in the New York Times in 1957: 'Fidel Castro and his 26th of July Movement are the flaming symbol of this opposition to the regime. The organization, which is apart from the university students' opposition, is formed of youths of all kinds. It is a revolutionary movement that calls itself socialistic. It is also nationalistic, which generally in Latin America means anti-Yankee. The program is vague and couched in generalities, but it amounts to a new deal for Cuba, radical, democratic and therefore anti-Communist. The real core of its strength is that it is fighting against the military dictatorship of President Batista.'

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Which 20th Century Dictator are YOU?

Which 20th Century Dictator are YOU? | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it

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'Which 20th Century Dictator are YOU? A simulation to compare and contrast the methods and conditions through which dictators rose to power.'

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Death of Joseph Stalin | History Today

Death of Joseph Stalin | History Today | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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Richard Cavendish: 'Just how many millions of deaths Joseph Stalin was responsible for is disputed, but that the figure runs into millions is not in doubt. To the end, when he was in his seventies and approaching his own death, his subordinates continued to carry out his murderous orders.'
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Zizek - Stalinism - YouTube

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Slavoj Žižek on Stalinist authoritarianism. 
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Cold War - China [E15/24] - YouTube

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China and the Cold War
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Why tyrants love to write poetry

Why tyrants love to write poetry | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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'Poetry is an art of refinement, synonymous with delicacy and sensitivity. It seems counterintuitive that it might also be a celebration of brutality, and the art form beloved of tyrants. But from classical antiquity to modernity, dictators have been inspired to write verse – seeking solace, intimacy, or glory. Their work informs us about the nature of power, the abiding appeal of poetry, and the perils of artistic interpretation.'
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The short life of the equal woman: female artists in the USSR

The short life of the equal woman: female artists in the USSR | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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'The great generation of women artists of the Russian avant-garde, including Natalia Goncharova, Olga Rozanova, Aleksandra Ekster, Varvara Stepanova and Liubov Popova, is by now relatively well known, as is its largely gender egalitarian, or at least gender neutral, abstract imagery. But we know much less about women artists of the 1930s under Stalin. Work from this decade is most often simply dismissed as “Socialist Realism” or “propaganda art”, yet many worked in modernist figurative styles, and saw themselves as every bit as revolutionary as the previous generation. Like their Constructivist forebears Stepanova and Popova, they continued to produce exhilarating images of emancipated Soviet women well into the 1930s, until the state ideology of woman reverted to a more traditional, feminine and maternal model of limited equality.'
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China in World War Two

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Historians Hans van de Ven and Rana Mitter discuss China’s lengthy war against Japan and consider its impact on the country’s civil war and Chinese participation in the later conflict in Korea.
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A Digital Archive of Soviet Children’s Books Goes Online: Browse the Artistic, Ideological Collection (1917-1953)

A Digital Archive of Soviet Children’s Books Goes Online: Browse the Artistic, Ideological Collection (1917-1953) | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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'A project of the Cotsen Collection at Princeton’s Firestone Library, the archive contains a variety of fully digitized children's books that show one venue in which, amid these years of "Russia’s accelerated violent political, social and cultural evolution," in the words of the database's front page, certain kinds of graphic art could flourish. "The illustration and look of Soviet children’s books was of tantamount importance as a vehicle for practical and concrete information in the new Soviet regime."'
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Stalin’s Russia: Society & Culture pt1 Prof. Ian Thatcher

The History Faculty - University lectures for secondary schools
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Stalin's Russia: Society and Culture by Ian Thatcher [1]
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