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May 11, 2008

(S3.E18). Chpt 24: World War Two

Chpt 24: World War Two. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now: World History Since 1500. You can subscribe to the podcast series by clicking on the button in the right hand column. You can also listen to just this episode by clicking on the following web link,
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This episode focuses on World War Two which helped to define the 20th century. The podcast also featues some music by independent music artists:
1. Adam Cooper Wood, "Ennui" http://www.adamcooperwood.com
2. Adrina Thorpe, "Never meant" http://www.adrinathorpe.com

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December 12, 2007

(S2.E8). The Cold War, Chapter 25

The Cold War. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now: World History Since 1500. You can subscribe to the podcast series by clicking on the button in the right hand column. You can also listen to just this episode by clicking on the following web link Download file

The Cold War.
As World War II drew to a close, another and potentially more devastating conflict began. A struggle for supremacy ignited between the world's two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. The struggle began in Europe, splitting the continent into two armed camps. Their ideological split soon spread around the world, however, and pulled both nations into local conflicts. This Cold War struggle dominated both nations' foreign policy and sucked them into regional conflicts such as Korea and Vietnam. A prolific nuclear arms race also ensued. By the 1980s China added a third side to the conflict, and the U.S. and China developed diplomatic relations. The Soviets and Americans continued to compete for world influence through economics, but the threat of military conflict slipped away.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
Letters from Khrushchev to John F. Kennedy concerning the Cuban Missile Crisis, visit http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/archives/x2jfk.html
To see and read about the Vietnam War, visit http://thewall-usa.com/
To see a complete history of the Korean War, visit http://www.koreanwar.org/

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November 25, 2007

(S2.E7.) Chapter 24: World War II

World War Two. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now: World History Since 1500. You can subscribe to the podcast series by clicking on the button in the right hand column. You can also listen to just this episode by clicking on the following web link Download file

World War Two. The peace that had ended World War I left both Germany and Japan dissatisfied; they resented the favorable economic position gained by their rivals, primarily Britain, France and the United States. Germany and Japan were willing to risk another war to improve their economic fortunes and gain power. Democratic governments in both nations soon succumbed to the more powerful militant forces. In Europe Hitler unleashed the force of a revitalized Germany against her neighbors – determined to gain living space, resources and markets that would cement Germany's position as the dominant European, if not world, power. In Asia, Japan attempted to take advantage of internal Chinese turmoil to seize mastery of the Far East. Japanese aggression also brought her into conflict with the United States. World War II is the most destructive war in human history, both in terms of human loss and property destruction. A new level of political and military ruthlessness and cruelty had been born; over fifty million people worldwide lost their lives and many nations lay in rubble. The consequences of the conflict changed the world. The old European balance of power had been eliminated; instead two superpowers had been born from the conflict. The superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, soon were at odds over the future of the postwar world, and they entered into a Cold War. While Europe, as well as Japan would recover, European hegemony in the world had been eliminated.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
To learn more about the invasion of Normandy, visit http://search.eb.com/normandy/
For more on the Marshall Plan and the aftermath of World War II, visit http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/marshall/To visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on line, visit http://www.ushmm.org/

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November 18, 2007

(S2.E6.) Chapter 23: Nationalism, revolution, & dictatorships in Africa, Asia, Latin America between 1919-1934

The World Between World War One and Two. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now: World History Since 1500. You can subscribe to the podcast series by clicking on the button in the right hand column. You can also listen to just this episode by clicking on the following web link Download file

Nationalism, revolution, & dictatorships in Africa, Asia, Latin America Between 1919-1934. With the destruction of World War I, European hegemony over the world weakened. This weakening sparked social and political disruptions around the world and fed growing nationalism. China stumbled towards the creation of a modern nation-state, but was divided between two views – Nationalists and Communists. While the Nationalists gained the upper hand prior to World War II, the two groups had to work together to fight their common enemies, and the worldwide depression nixed efforts to create an industrialized economy. In Latin America economic weakness and the dependence of many nations upon foreign investments, particularly from the United States, fed growing militant nationalism. Authoritarian governments rose to the power in several nations in an effort to force economic reform. The dismantling of the old Ottoman Empire changed the map of the Middle East as well. A smaller, secularized Turkey was born, as well as the states of Saudi Arabia and Palestine. Throughout Africa and Asia, nationalist movements gained momentum. In India, Gandhi's nonviolent protests helped weaken British control. In other areas of Asia communist-led movements attempted more radical means of throwing off the colonial yoke. In Japan, the path to modernization and acceptance as a world power continued although with increasingly militant tones.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
To learn more about Mohandas Gandhi, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahatma_Gandhi
To learn more about Palestine, visit http://www.palestine-net.com/
To view the work of Diego Rivera, visit http://www.diegorivera.com/

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(S2.E5.) Chapter 22: World War I and the Communist Revolution

World War One and the Communist Revolution. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now: World History Since 1500. You can subscribe to the podcast series by clicking on the button in the right hand column. You can also listen to just this episode by clicking on the following web link.Download file

The Beginning of the 20th Century Crisis: War & Revolution. The Age of Progress, as the period from 1870-1914 had been called, lulled the people of Europe into believing that mankind had evolved to the brink of ultimate happiness, security, wealth and peace. Within this period had also developed, however, rising militant nationalism, secret alliances, and a massive arms race. The slaughter and destruction of the First World War shattered the illusions of Europeans and the world. This was the first total war, which engulfed the resources and populations of entire nations, and the war ushered in the idea of strong central governments that restricted civil liberties in the name of national security. The doubts and uncertainties revealed by the war also gave rise to revolutionary changes in Russia and the Middle East. The peace that followed proved a failure and served more as a temporary lull in the fighting. Economic catastrophe led to the rise of totalitarian governments and then a second world war. In addition, Europe lost its power to control world affairs; colonial peoples no longer looked to Europe to provide leadership.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
For a guided tour through the art of World War I, visit http://www.art-ww1.com/gb/visite.html
For more information on the League of Nations, visit http://history.acusd.edu/gen/ww2timeline/1919league2.html
To listen to music and speeches of the First World War, visit http://www.authentichistory.com/audio/ww1/ww1speeches01.html

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October 22, 2007

(S2.E4.) Chapter 20: The High Tide of Imperialism

19th Century Imperialism. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now: World History Since 1500. You can subscribe to the podcast series by clicking on the button in the right hand column. You can also listen to just this episode by clicking on the following web link. Download file

The High Tide of Imperialism. In the second half of the nineteenth century a new wave of imperialism engulfed the world. European industrialized nations and the United States embarked on a swift campaign to gobble up world markets and resources. Asia and Africa were divided as spoils among the major economic players. A true world economy began to emerge as traditional economic patterns were swept aside. While the colonizers asserted that they sought to spread democracy and capitalism, those they colonized were treated as second class citizens in their own nations. Moreover, traditional cultures succumbed to the pressures and forced changes of the colonizers. The benefits of imperialism derived exclusively to the colonizers.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
To visit the Anglo-Boer museum and learn about the Boer War, visit http://www.anglo-boer.co.za/
To read the works of Rudyard Kipling and to learn about his life & literature, visit http://www.kipling.org.uk/
To learn more about imperialism, visit http://www.jlhs.nhusd.k12.ca.us/Classes/Social_Science/Imperialism/Imperialism.html

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(S2.E3.) Chapter 18: The Beginnings of Modernization: Industrialization and Nationalism, 1800-1870

The Industrial Revolution. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now: World History Since 1500. Click on the link in the right hand column to subscribe to the series through iTunes. You can listen to this individual episode by clicking on the following web link. Download file

The Beginnings of Modernization: Industrialization and Nationalism, 1800-1870. After the French Revolution had released the forces of change, they were hard to control in Europe and the rest of the world. In 1848 a series of revolutions swept across Europe, and while most of them failed, ultimately their goals would be achieved. Both Italy and Germany were forged into unified nations, and many western nations developed parliamentary systems with more representation. Nationalism spurred fierce rivalries that when combined with technological and military developments set the stage for potentially devastating conflicts. A second revolution also spread across Europe – the Industrial Revolution. The developments in technology and machinery would transform the lives of all parts of society. Some would achieve great material prosperity, while others would be subjected to de-humanizing working and living conditions.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
To read more on the life of Simón Bolivar, visit http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/7609/eng/
For more information on James Watt, visit http://level2.phys.strath.ac.uk/ScienceOnStreets/jameswatt.html
To view an overview of the Romantic period and the artists of the time, visit http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/RefArticle.aspx?refid=761573163

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(S2.E2.) Chapter 17: The West on the Eve of a New World Order

Conflict and Progress in 18th Century Europe. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now, World History Since 1500. This episode can be automatically downloaded to your computer by subscribing through the iTunes web site. Click on the button on the right hand side to subscribe to the series. You can immediately listen to the podcast by clicking on the following web link. Download file

The West on the Eve of a New World Order. The 18th century stands as the turning point in world history, as the power of the old order diminished and revolution ushered in a new age. The century began with power in the hands of nobles, monarchs and clerics. Large-scale war demanded increasingly large armies with the subsequent need for higher taxes to fund them. In addition, growing populations and fundamental changes in economics began to reduce the power and importance of the old order. New world wars allowed Great Britain to create a world wide empire backed by the greatest navy. Increasing economic pressures helped to spawn a revolutionary movement that surged to the surface in the Western Hemisphere and in France. The movement demanded political liberty and equality –key concepts of the Enlightenment. While limited in reality, opportunities for most people were increased, and government became more responsive to the desires of its citizens.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
To learn more about Napoleon Bonaparte from the French perspective, visit http://www.napoleon.org/en/home.asp
To read about Voltaire, visit http://www.lucidcafe.com/library/95nov/voltaire.html
To learn more about Quesnay, visit http://www.cooperativeindividualism.org/quesnaybio.html

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(S2.E1.) Season Two Introduction (Fall 2007)

Season Two Podcast Introduction. Welcome to the second season of Then and Now. The episode will be automatically downloaded to your computer if you already have subscribed to the Then and Now podcast. To immediately download the file, click on the following web link, Download file

This podcast is a cocreation by the students enrolled in PsTL 1251, World History Since 1500, at the University of Minnesota. Others involved in the podcast include me as the course instructor, Erik Tollsrud as the chief engineer, and Kari-Ann Ediger as the announcer. Each episode will feature contributions from the students that relate to our course. Most podcast episodes will center around one of the textbook chapters that we are exploring that week in the class. Other special podcast episodes may feature music from different countries and others will present interviews with experts in history topics living within our community.

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February 24, 2007

(S1.E14.) Season One Summary

Season One Podcast Summary. Thanks for listening to the first season of Then and Now.The episode will be automatically downloaded to your computer if you already have subscribed to the Then and Now podcast. To immediately download the file, click on the following web link, Download file

It has been an adventure producing the podcast through the efforts of the students in the class and the teaching assistants who I have the opportunity to work with. On this podcast I identify some of the lessons that I have learned through the production of the podcast. Brian shares some final study strategies to consider for this and other classes. We also preview the second season for the podcast which will feature commentary by Brian and myslef making links between today's headlines and historical events that influence them. One other note. The theme music for the podcast has been kindly provided by Derek K. Miller who provides music for use by podcasters. The name of the sone is "Cold Cloth" and is played in its entirety at the end fo the podcast. I encourage you to visit his website, http://www.penmachine.com

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November 19, 2006

(S1.E5.) Chapter 23, History Between WWI and WWII

Between World War One and Two. Greetings. This week the episode focuses on the time period between World War I and World War II. You can download the episode by clicking on the following link.
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Nationalism, revolution, & dictatorships: Africa, Asian, Latin America 1919-1934. With the destruction of World War I, European hegemony over the world weakened. This weakening sparked social and political disruptions around the world and fed growing nationalism. China stumbled towards the creation of a modern nation-state, but was divided between two views – Nationalists and Communists. While the Nationalists gained the upper hand prior to World War II, the two groups had to work together to fight their common enemies, and the worldwide depression nixed efforts to create an industrialized economy. In Latin America economic weakness and the dependence of many nations upon foreign investments, particularly from the United States, fed growing militant nationalism. Authoritarian governments rose to the power in several nations in an effort to force economic reform. The dismantling of the old Ottoman Empire changed the map of the Middle East as well. A smaller, secularized Turkey was born, as well as the states of Saudi Arabia and Palestine. Throughout Africa and Asia, nationalist movements gained momentum. In India, Gandhi's nonviolent protests helped weaken British control. In other areas of Asia communist-led movements attempted more radical means of throwing off the colonial yoke. In Japan, the path to modernization and acceptance as a world power continued although with increasingly militant tones.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
To learn more about Mohandas Gandhi, visit http://www.mahatma.org.in
To learn more about Palestine, visit http://www.palestine-net.com/
To view the work of Diego Rivera, visit http://www.diegorivera.com/
This week we have the opportunity to showcase some of our female students through their chapter overviews and selections of great music. This episode's music comes from the musical artist D Minor. Dawn has chosen this episode's music. Following is her comments. " I chose of one of the most talented artists in the podcast. He goes by the name if D Minor. He is an neo soul and R&B artist whom his influences are Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. The two songs that I heard was cool conversation and could you be part 2. As listening to these songs I felt a conncetion right away because I already love R&B music and just hearing his smooth voice, and it is very soothing. I had a hard time picking a genre because there is just so many that I listen to. I finally just settled on R&B because I thought that you could never go wrong. D Minor has been singing since he was little, so this is like a dream for him. If you want to know more about D Minor and his music, his website is www.D Minor.net. The music is great! and if you listen I will guarantee you will enjoy!" The artist's web page is http://dminor.net

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November 8, 2006

(S1.E1.) Then and Now Podcast Overview

Podcast Introduction. Welcome to the first episode in the podcast series. Our weekly pocast focuses on understanding material in an introduction to world history course. Each podcast will feature voices of the course instructor, teaching assistant, technology assistant, and students enrolled in the class. Each episode will feature review of textbook chapters, commentary by students, and music selections by the students. Some episodes will feature one or two songs from an intedpendent music artist. Some episodes will be completely devoted to independent music from a particular country that we are studying in the class. Please join us as we explore world history since 1500.

You can obtain a free subscription to the podcast by subscribing to it through the iTunes service. In the search engine window, type "Then and Now" and then press the "subscribe" botton. That's it. Each show will automiatically be downloaded to your iTunes player on the computer. You can also click on the following link to listen to it through your computer media player, Download file The theme music at the beginning and close of each episode is provided by Derek K. Miller. The selection is "Cold Cloth" and was obtained from his website, http://www.penmachine.com

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