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DEMOCRACY IN WORLD HISTORY (6 Programs)
A breakthrough new series that will help you teach basic facts, concepts and connections of democracy on earth - yesterday and today.
DEMOCRACY IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
Traces the early history of how democracy began in tribal societies on all continents. Stresses the importance of enduring ideas of western civilization that first arose in Greece, in Rome and out of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Contrasts these ideas with competing ones from Islamic, Asiatic, African, South American and South Pacific civilizations. 26 minutes #10549
RENAISSANCE, REFORMATION AND ENLIGHTENMENT
The western world experienced revolutionary transformations from the 15th to the 17th centuries. Help your students understand why these revolutions were so important in preparing the ground for our modern 21st century world. 31 minutes #10551
INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, CAPITALISM AND THE UNITED STATES
Learn how the 1776 birth of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." combined with the Industrial Revolution and free-market capitalism to destroy feudal societies of agricultural ages past. 32 minutes #10552
THE COMMUNIST CHALLENGE
Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Mao-Tse Tung, Pol Pot, Castro. and followers around the world claimed to be liberators. Make sure your students learn the hard reality of what they actually did in creating their "people's democracies" that enslaved and murdered so many millions in the 20th century. 36 minutes #11084
THE FASCIST CHALLENGE
Fascists, like communists, claimed to offer a new vision of progress to the 20th century world. As brought to ghoulish reality in Nazi Germany, it brought instead unprecedented brutality and despair, the world's most destructive war, and the Holocaust. Learn what fascism is and isn't and how some versions still challenge the 21st century world. 31 minutes #10475
DEMOCRACY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
This program is speculative and controversial. It discusses three major challenges in the 21st century: world-wide radical Islam; poverty in the developing world; and, radical right wing and radical left-wing zealots in the western world. It offers background for debate. 39 minutes #10797
*This DVD version has added questions and a quiz to help reinforce concepts and connections stressed in the National Standards for Social Studies Teachers as well as in AAAS Project 2061.