Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Student as Scribe

In this post an assigned student will provide a summary of the days lesson. Was there an assignment or reminders? This should include a summary, how the lesson relates to the "essential question" or "big idea", helpful maps, links, videos, etc. that would be useful to understand or review the day's lesson. This is worth up to 15 points and will be graded on content, creativity, effort and timeliness. Your initial post is due one day after your assigned class, but feel free to add to it as your understanding of the topic expands. At the top of your post you must put the date you are scribing about and your scribe number!

3 reasons for this assignment: 
1. Allows one student to dig deeper into a given topic and do some research, critical thinking and even teaching. 
2. Help anyone who missed that day for whatever reason. 
3. If we do this right this should be a great tool to use when preparing for tests. 

38 comments:

  1. Date: 3/13/15
    Scribe Number:1
    Today is class we started off talking about what we learned on out from either reading our articles, or watching our videos. Some facts that were brought up were Napoleon's leavings and being exiled. Then he came back. He left when he was losing, to make himself look good. Also that he was part of a poor family, and had to raise. Then he had brother who he out in charge on certain areas. In my opinion he was going away from his idea of a 'no leader' government. Then we talked in our groups if we thought Napoleon was a good leader or bad leader. Two groups said he was good because of his rise in power and because he was what France needed in time. My group said he was a good leader, but more of a bad. Because when you look back at it now, he was taking advantage of how low France was at the time, and only made himself look good. He left when things got rough, then came back when he was promised a winning or when the rough times were over. Then Mr. Pauk said that we needed to work on our blogging and don't wait for the last minute to do so. Also with participation, some people need to speak up. Then we went to our outline and worked on it. We mostly covered the Cult of Personality, which is since he didn't have the royal blood so he had to make himself look good by using propaganda and other methods. He controlled the press and articles about him. He has 'secret police' that listened to what people said about him. An other topic would be the 'modern' warfare.
    Sources:
    A good discussion: http://revolutions.mka.org/2012/12/03/napoleon-good-or-bad/
    A good video: https://youtu.be/tfHnwqtJT9U
    Note: No test next week

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  2. Date: 3/16/15
    Scribe Number 2:
    Today we continued to talk about Napoleon, but today it was about his downfall. It started with the peninsular campaign. It happened in 1807 and involved Spain in Portugal. Guerrilla Warfare was introduced during this time period. You tried to kill any way possible. Today if people were to use guerrilla warfare on the United States it would be considered terrorism. What this did was drain France's money and troops. In 1812, Napoleon made an attempt to fight Russia. Russia had a lot of land, and this would already be a difficult task. The people of Russia used a scorched earth policy. This is where everything in a town would be burnt, and the people would leave. This left no shelter or food for Napoleon and his men and horses. When winter hit hard in Russia it was very cold and snowy. Napoleon left his troops in Russia and went back to Paris. Many other countries were going to go after France now, because they were weak. Napoleon was captioned. After he was captured, Napoleon was exiled to Elba. However, it was very close to France and he got back into the country. Here, troops met him to capture him, but he is very persuasive and built up another army. He rules for about 100 days. At the battle of Waterloo Napoleon is defeated, and once again he is not executed, but instead exiled to St. Helena. This was located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Here, he died of natural causes.

    The video is kind of goofy, but it makes understanding Napoleon's life simple.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4QsRYVMuU0

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  3. Date- 3/18/15
    Scribe #4
    Today we quickly reviewed the meeting of all the European leaders at Vienna. The outcome of this 15 month debate resulted in all European countries going to a limited monarchy, they got rid of Poland as a country, and they eliminated the power of the church. This elimination of the power of the church lead to another religion called Methodist. Methodist religion focuses on peoples relationship with god instead of following rules. The Catholic religion was all about following rules but Methodist was the opposite. They did not need to follow specific rules like going to church every Sunday and this idea quickly spread to America because it was the most convenient religion. People on the frontier did not need to have a priest to hold mass with them each Sunday. It was the idea that you know you are going to heaven from feelings. The other thing we talked about was romanticism. This started with Rousseau and Kant. They believed that not everything needed to be proven, like love. The main lesson is that things that are romantic are illogical. The more illogical something is the more romantic it will be. Girls like things that serve no real purpose like flowers when they could use that money to buy something useful like food. A large part of the class was hearing about Mr. Pauk's romantic attempts that ended up being not very romantic. We talked about how romantic gestures are today considered romantic because of social media, society, and T.V. have portrayed them as being sentimental. Just remember Romantic things are illogical when trying to buy a female a gift.

    http://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/holidays/featured/valentines-day/25-valentines-day-ideas-for-couples-- This is a good website for Mr. Pauk if he needs a romantic idea
    http://www.victorianweb.org/history/forpol/vienna.html
    Note: Test nest monday

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  4. March 19, 2015
    Scribe #5

    REVIEW. Our test is on monday so today we finished discussing the chapter and answered any review questions we may have. We continued talking about religion. Remember Romanticism means illogical. This influenced all areas of life. A big area was religion. We talked about Methodist, and how their religion was the first that dealt with a personal Jesus, based on feelings and not rules. Then we talked about 2 important figures that had ideas of how history changed. Fitche had the Great Man Theory, that history just went along until a powerful person comes and alters it. The other man we talked about was Hegel. He decided that history changed in a cycle of 3 steps. The first, thesis. the first idea or “before idea” on a certain topic. Next came antithesis, when someone creates a new idea against the first one. Now neither of these ideas may be the one that best suits the situation, so the final one is synthesis, a compromise or middle ground between the two ideas. We then went over review questions for chapter 19. These are great short answer or essay questions, so if you didn’t write them down you should get them from someone. Make sure that you are prepared for your test on monday. Email Mr. Pauk with any questions you may have. Below are some videos to help you review!

    Review for French Revolution : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1_2NwmIobU
    Review for Napoleon : http://www.history.com/topics/napoleon

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  5. March 17, 2015
    Scribe #3

    Today we talked about the Congress of Vienna and got into small groups, acting as leaders of countries in Europe and discussed ways to bring Europe peace and stability. That was the main goal of the Congress of Vienna. Most of us decided to have the countries of Europe as a constitutional monarchy since democracy appeared to be way to dangerous to try once more. The kings and queens and the church was brought back, but with very little political power. That's what made these countries a constitutional monarchy. Also, we decided in our groups to not let a country of Poland exist. Pretty much everything we decided in twenty minutes was what the leaders of Europe decided in 15 months. They also chose constitutional monarchy and to not let Poland exist. Obviously, Poland does come back later.
    The Congress of Vienna's main goal was to achieve peace and stability throughout Europe and it ended up succeeding greatly because there was never another major conflict for just over 100 years until World War One. After learning about this event, we can probably learn that if something like this were to happen again, we might have peace for a while, but it would take a lot for world leaders to come to an agreement. Without the Congress of Vienna, Europe would have been a mess for the rest of the century.
    A phrase used to describe the objective of the Congress of Vienna is to "turn back the clock" since it somewhat undoes the French Revolution because of the change in government.

    Congress of Vienna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET9w6a00Iuk

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  6. Tuesday March 24
    Scribe #6

    Today is an online day, we have two assignments first read chapter 21 up to family structure by Wednesday and to classical Economics by Thursday and end of the chapter by Monday. You also have to find an article, video, or website that helps you understand what life was like in the industrial revolution for a specific group of people. You have to have the link and a paragraph or two that explains what you have learned from your link and say how life was like for the group that you chose. You can chose different groups like, children, women, business managers, and more. I researched the life of woman and how most women had to stay home to take care of the family. Some women were spinner in the textile industries but most found themselves unemployed after the machines came.
    Since we had a test yesterday, tomorrow we will start talking about the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. This transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing and iron production processes, improved efficiency of water power, the increasing use of steam power, and the development of machine tools. It also included the change from wood and other bio-fuels to coal. Textiles were the dominant industry of the Industrial Revolution in terms of employment, value of output and capital invested; the textile industry was also the first to use modern production methods.

    This link shows a brief overview of the industrial revolution.
    http://www.history.com/topics/industrial-revolution

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  7. Again we continue to do a great job on this.

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  8. March 25, 2015
    Scribe #7

    Today was a shortened class period. During class we were handed back our tests to view our scores and discuss some of the commonly missed questions. Once we were done with our tests, we started on the Industrial Revolution. Our assignment for today was to write a few paragraphs about one aspect from the Industrial Revolution. I wrote about the change of lifestyle--from rural to urban. We broke off into small groups to decide who was the “winner” of this assignment. Cooper Larue won in our class by writing about one of the most prominent aspects of the Industrial Revolution: Child labor. After this activity, we didn’t have time to start anything new.

    Assignment: Continue reading chapter 21 and blogging.

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  9. March 30, 2015
    Scribe #10

    To start off class we reviewed what we learned on Friday about the poor working conditions of those that worked in factories during the Industrial Revolution. We then expanded on our notes and learned new aspects of the Industrial Revolution. First, we discussed crime and services during the Industrial Revolution. Crime was increasing, especially in the cities, because they are in desperate need of food and begin stealing for it. This creates an actual trained, organized police force and the forming of prisons. They did not have either of these services before because the population was not as large and the people didn't want to pay for criminals to be in prison, so they did more cruel punishments (chopping hands off or execution). During the Industrial Revolution they created prisons and police force as an alternative service then before. We also discussed Smith's idea of capitalism and that the market will work itself out with little help from the government. Along with his idea, we discussed Malthus and Ricardo's ideas of overpopulation and wages. Malthus believe that our poor food production, but rapid increase of population and the stability of society will cause children to survive and population will outdo food production ultimately dooming everyone. This led to Ricardo's Iron Law of Wages which states that factory owners need to pay their workers very badly so they will starve and that will ensure the lives of future generations to come. The two men were clearly wrong because they did not predict that food production would increase with the advancements of technology and that people would start having less kids (average of two) because of how expensive they can be.

    website that goes in depth about crime and life back in the Industrial Revolution (especially in the "further pages")--
    http://vcp.e2bn.org/justice/section11334-crime-poverty-and-reforms.html

    Assignments:
    Learn the theory of Marxism to teach a small group about it tomorrow

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  10. March 31st, 2015
    Scribe #11

    During class, we spent a majority of our time talking about the theory of Marxism. The first thing we did was talk about what exactly is Marxism. The idea of Marxism is that the lower and upper classes would gradually become wider and wider apart. When the lower class has had enough with this, they would eventually revolt against the upper class. After the revolution, something known as the dictatorship of the people would appear. This would have been similar to the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution. Eventually, this government would wither away to nothing, and there wouldn't be any government at all. All that would be left would be the people, who would all have been exactly the same. They would get paid the same and their quality of living would be the same as everyone else. One of the things Marx did not account for was crime. He forget that crime was more than just stealing what you need, which is something that wouldn't happen under Marxism. What he forget was the other crimes that could happen, like murders or hate crimes. This is just one of the many reasons why Marxism ultimately failed. Another reason Marxism failed was that the revolutions never actually happened. In fact, the lower class actually got smaller, and all of the classes leveled out and became closer together. Also, the countries that tried applying this form of government didn't really understand how it would work. Some of the countries that tried it were Russia, China, Vietnam, and Cuba. These countries were very rural and non-industrialized. Industrialization is something that needs to happen in order for Marxism to work. Because these countries weren't ready, they never got past the initial stage, which was a very powerful dictatorship.

    More in depth look at Marxism:
    https://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/help/marxism.htm

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  13. Scribe Day #12

    During class we spent more time discussing Marxism. We went over the questions we discussed in groups the previous day. We went deeper into what Marxism is and how the ideas came about. We discussed why Marx and Engels even came up with the ideas. Both men were living in the time where things were so bad. They were experiencing these things first hand. Their ideas never actually happened because in order for it to happen a huge revolution would have had to take place again. The upper class was never going to give up their money and power they had to in order to switch over to Marxism. What Marx didn’t think of was Capitalism changing along the way like it has. Capitalism keeps changing and evolving all the time. Communism today is almost impossible because we will never be able to have world wide communism. Any government that has tried to have a communist country has always failed. Marxist ideas are present in our government today even though nobody will ever call these ideas communist. Some Marxist that are present today in our own government are welfare programs like food stamp cards, medicaid/medicare; public education; and not being able to turn someone away for a job based on sex. Marx’s ideas were some of the most important ideas even though he was wrong. He wanted to get rid of the classes which was something that was different than the people had always known. Some of his ideas are still used in our government even though we don’t consider them communist ideas. Every government that has tried to use his ideas and become a communist country has pretty much failed in today’s world.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdN7Dgj3PzI

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  15. Day 13
    4/2/15
    On Thursday in class, we split into groups and discussed questions about what we have been learning in class and giving more in-depth analysis of the effects and changes that came with what we discussed. A lot of what we had discussed had to do with marxism. We gave different ideas on what might happen if these ideas were continued. We talked about what might happen in the future if one aspect happened, such as the richer people getting richer and the poor people getting poorer. Also mentioned was what would people do if this were to happen. How would it change and would it stay that way for very long. Many changes had been made that affected the welfare of all people. Whether some of the theories were right or wrong, they tried many ways to regulate the people and their lives.

    More on this topic:
    http://find.galegroup.com/gic/infomark.do?&idigest=fb720fd31d9036c1ed2d1f3a0500fcc2&type=retrieve&tabID=T001&prodId=GIC&docId=CX3408502115&source=gale&userGroupName=itsbtrial&version=1.0

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  16. Day 15
    4/8/15

    On Wednesday in class, we got into our groups to begin working on the Children's book. My group has Russia and we found some of the most important things. One important person was Alexander ll because he was the one who came up with a number of reforms which basically made it better for the people of Russia. Before Alexander took power, a Crimean War was taking place which was a war between Russia and the alliance of the Ottoman Empire,France, and Britain. At the height of this war, he took the throne. Alexander gave rights to people and made them less of slave throughout his ruling. During this time, the Judicial System also had a reform in which the tsar could control sentences and judges were not always fair. Russians had local control in this time as well. The military also had their reform while Alexander was ruling and he reduces the time spent in the military from 25 years to 6. Russia also had a good amount of industrial expansion because railways were being built which led to industries to increase and called for more workers.

    More information can be found at:
    http://www.tracesofevil.com/1999/03/problems-in-russia-in-1800s-and.html

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  17. In class Friday we started our presentations. We got to sit criss cross applesauce on the floor, as if we were the children the book was directed toward. France was the first group to go. They told us that Napoleon the third was the leader of the liberal empire and Dreyfus was mistakenly convicted of treason. This was huge because in the Franco-Prussian war France lost to Germany. The people then decided to blame it on Dreyfus because he was spying and working for the other side.

    The next group was Russia and they talked about Alexander the second. Alexander was strict, but the people had more freedom. Russia was the country that was very behind everyone else and because of this the assassinated Alexander the second. He in fact was a great leader and gave them more freedoms than ever before, but the people wanted more and more. After Alexander the second died a more controlling leader took over that ripped all of there freedoms from the people of Russia.

    Britain was the most enlightened at the time. They had many reform acts that helped them get more voting rights. One of the new acts, was that the ballot was secret because before everyone pretty much knew who you were voting for by which color you chose to grab. Benjamin Disraeli was a conservative and unlike before where conservatives wanted a monarchy, now they were for getting rights to vote. On the other side, William Gladstone was the liberal and he was for education. Both of these men were for getting more freedoms and voting rights. They were for the same things, but they were on separate sides; conservative and liberal.

    Germany is the last presentation. They said that all these countries came together to form Germany. Bismarck was the Iron Chancellor, he wanted the small Germany, which didn't include Austria. At first he got his wish, Germany did not include Austria, but later on they do include Austria. Because of this unification with Germany, the economy is better everywhere.

    For more information just out these sites:
    http://www.localhistories.org/19thcentengland.html~Britain
    http://www.fsmitha.com/h3/h47-ru.htm~Russia
    http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?groupid=2803~Germany

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  18. April 9th
    Scribe #16
    Today in class we talked about what the average person was like back in the 1850's-1900's lived like. We discussed many points, for example life was starting to get better for the average Joe. People were starting to get higher working wages and they could actually feed their families for once. The gap between the upper class and the lower class started to get closer together. Even though its still a far distance away, but its slowly closing. Also we talked about what we didn't know in the science field. We didn't know very much until the 1900's, but even if life was getting better the chances of getting an illness is still pretty high. If you got shot during a war the only thing they knew of what to do is to cut your leg off and hope for the best. If that body part gets infected they will start to cut more and more off. It's just a never ending cycle of your getting something cut off if you get shot.

    We also worked on our projects. For my project I have Russia. In Russia during the 1850's they were going through a lot of reforms. During the reforms the king of Russia got assassinated. Which caused the next king in power to stop the reforms and go back to the cruel punishments and an absolute monarchy. Which is what caused the revolution of 1905. Which ended with the Russian Constitution, which limited the kings power.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Constitution_of_1906
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolution_of_1905

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  19. April 15
    Scribe #19
    To start class today, we took a quiz over what we talked about yesterday. We then continued our discussion over evolution and creationism. On the powerpoint, we discussed the history of Christianity. Historians weren’t criticizing the idea of God, but more of how the church was presenting it. Many had questions over religion such as who actually wrote the bible, did Jesus really exist, etc. The way they discovered the answers was through research. They couldn't just research the bible or Jesus, but the people mentioned in the bible. What they found confirmed that the people mentioned were real, and that there was someone named Jesus during the same time period preaching the same things. There are also many questions as to how old the Earth really is. It is said to be around 4,000-6,000 years old, but that does not explain how the cave painting and dinosaur bones could be here. Those are said to be thousands of years older.
    The test is still going to be either Friday or Monday.

    http://humanorigins.si.edu/about/bsic/science-religion-evolution-creationism-primer
    http://www.clarifyingchristianity.com/creation.shtml

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  20. `April 16
    Scribe #20

    Today is class, we learned more over what is on the powerpoint under the category Religious Revival. Some words that I will explain that we talked about in call should be studied for the last test on Monday! Fundamentalism is a big thing in religion today, it’s a form of a religion, especially Islam or Protestant Christianity, that upholds belief in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture. Social justice is another big topic that we learned. Immaculate Conception is when Mary was conceived without sin. Infallibility is pope can’t be wrong on issues of faith. After we learned about religion we went to the Church & State slide of the powerpoint. On that slide we learned about Kulturkampf which is refers to German policies in relation to secularity and reducing the role and power of the Roman Catholic Church in Prussia, enacted from 1871 to 1878 by the Prime Minister of Prussia, Otto von Bismarck. People would leave Germany to come to Iowa, for example the towns that are named from German Catholics: Schleswig. We then, learned about Sociology. If you are a religious group with different teachings then they will be treated differently. Just know what sociology is in general. Psychology is another topic that we covered. Back then the only explanation that we had for psychological disorders were that people would just think that they were evil or possessed. For example, if someone had multiple identity disorder they would have thought that they were possessed and tried to get treatment in the Catholic Church with an exorcism. Freud believed that sex was everything in the way people act. His defying concept of how we behave is Id, superego, ego, etc. “Modern psychology might disagree with him, but wouldn't exist without him.” After talking about Freud we went on to talk about Physics. We talked about how Newton explained the world.

    Remember last test on Monday!
    Here is a good 8 minute video explaining fundamentalism! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljyUfxgjqEU

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  21. 4/13/15
    Scribe Day #18
    The first item on our list was taking a short quiz about the theory of Charles Darwin’s evolution. Everyone missed the second question on the quiz asking your belief about the theory of evolution. There is no question about believing in the theory of evolution because it is a scientific theory. Belief is about God or no God.
    Darwin lives in Enlightened and scientific country of England. HMS Beagle in 1831 is circumnavigating the world in a 5 year trip of mapping and geological formations. Collecting thousands of specimens around the world. Notices animals that are similar to each other. Darwin starts questioning the age of the Earth. He is scared about publishing his controversial theory. Works on the theory of evolution for over 25 years to make sure his math was perfect and as accurate as possible. Darwin’s theory of evolution starts with a variation within a species. Survival of the fittest takes place with the good and bad mutations. The good mutation reproduces and its offspring have the advantageous mutation. Different environments produce different mutations of the species, so the animal is most productive in that environment. Works with all living things. This theory comes from the book Origin of the Species.
    The importance of theory of evolution adapted medicine to the bacteria. Bacteria evolves faster than humans. This is due to their production of reproduced bacteria faster. Bacteria reproduce in a matter of days. It would take millennia for humans to adapt to the bacteria. The theory does not work if the Earth is only 4,000-6,000 years old.
    This is a really great link about evolution!
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/

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  23. Scribe Day #22
    4/21/15

    On Tuesday we started out getting our tests back and going over them. Then we started chapter 26 and started talking about World War I, the Great War. We started out by going over some of the effects that the war had. We talked about how WWI was the final nail in the coffin for the Old Regime, how the war redrew the map of Europe, and caused ten million deaths. The Great War was also the first big war for Europe in a long time and the weapons technology improvements in that time are the biggest reason this war was so much more deadly. The other two effects that the war had were causing WWII and the Great Depression. We then broke up into groups to research more about the circumstances that lead up to the start of the war. These topics include the arms race, which was all the countries bettering their armies and weapons to keep up with each other; Jingoism, which is the extreme patriotic spirit that influenced counties to want to take land from each other; and the alliance system that was in Europe that drew a lot more countries into the war than were even involved in the initial conflict. After our group work we talked about what the major counties in Europe wanted and how that influenced what happened in the war. To summarize: France wanted their land back from Germany, Russia wanted Turkey for a warm water port, Serbians wanted their own country way from Austrian rule, Britain was happy with what they had, and Italy wanted a small piece of Austria-Hungary.
    Here is an interactive map of how the Great War changed Europe's geography and some more information about the causes of the war.
    http://www.worldology.com/Europe/world_war_1_imap.html
    http://americanhistory.about.com/od/worldwari/tp/causes-of-world-war-1.htm

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  24. Scribe #23
    4/22/15


    Today in class we discussed the map of Europe prior to the Great War. European map prior to the Great was we very different from where it stands today. At the time Germany was only 40 years young, whereas France is nearly 400 years old. Germany was seeking a place in Europe, they wanted their fame. Russia was seeking warm water ports since their northern ports froze solid during the winter months of the year. France is in the process of recovering from the Franco-Prussian war prior the Great War. Britain was perfectly content with what they had going for them. They had several established colonies and claims all over the world. Austria-Hungary was seeking Balkans owned by Serbia. Balkans was very sought after by many European countries. Germany was seeking a place in Europe but didn’t really have anybody they were upset with or looking to declare war with. So Germany just attacked Belgium first to have an easy passage to attack France. The real trigger of the Great War was when the Austria-Hungary Duke was assassinated by a member of the Black hands group. The events leading up to the Great War were expected due to the serious tension between many of the European countries.

    Good Interesting Info: http://www.worldwar1.com/
    Informational Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd4rVXOxJbo

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  25. 4/23/2015
    Scribe #24
    Today in class we watched a video about WWI. The video summarized the period before the war including the arms race, the rising levels of nationalism, and the tension that was building in Europe. It also talked about the causes of the war and the events leading up to it especially the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Then it explained the trench warfare that was going on in the Western front, and we talked about the gruesome reality of life in the trenches. The video also explained the blockades of Germany and Britain, and although Britain’s was more effective at killing people Germany got the bad rap because their tactics were more gruesome. We also talked about the relationship between WWI and WWII, and that part of the reason the U.S hesitated joining WWII was because they thought that the stories of the holocaust was the same as the false news they heard about German atrocities in WWI. As a reminder we will start working on projects on Friday, and a paragraph or two summary of your topic is due. Also it was recommended to read about the treaty of versailles for class on Friday.

    Trench Warfare
    http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/world-war-i-history/videos/life-in-a-trench
    British Blockade
    http://www.studentpulse.com/articles/899/the-british-blockade-during-world-war-i-the-weapon-of-deprivation
    Causes of WWI http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/world-war-i-history/videos/causes-of-world-war-i

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  26. 4/28/15
    Scribe #27
    Tuesday we continued on with out presentation that we made for class to cover our last section before semester test times. My group finished up our presentation about the great depression and the rise of totalitarianism. We began with talking about Hitler and Tojo and how they got into power. Then we continued onto the next presentation from another group about World War 1 and a little bit about the cold war. We talked about separate battles such as the Battle of bulge, and also about the postam conference. The group also discussed about if FDR knew about pearl harbor before it happened. There is a huge conspiracy theory about it claiming that FDR knew about the attack but let it happen so we would have a way into WW2. So we could help take down the European leaders like Hitler and Tojo. Below is a video about the conspiracy of pearl harbor. It gives more detail about the day and what facts we know and do not know.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-xfCKeod8g

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  27. 5/4/15
    Scribe #30
    Monday, we continued our projects that we did in groups. My group, Great Depression and the rise of Totalitarianism, started our project this day, but the first group did their presentation for much of the period. Their group had to do with Russia and how WWI affected the country, and much more. In Russia, there was a Red and White army. People only involved were in Russia, and WW1 was making poverty worse. Tsar Nicholas II (leader of Russia) and Joseph Stalin (brutal dictator) were a couple major people. The February Revolution then occurs, and Russia tries catching up; Nicholas II takes over, is overthrown, and his brother takes over, but a weak government is set up (Democratic Provision). Lenin is then the first communist founder of Russia, which led to a civil war (Bolshevik party), and Leon Trotsky is the reason they won the war. The economy was also horrible, so Lenin set up some private enterprise. The NEP is next, and Lenin figures out there is no incentives (you can run your own business). Some believed Lenin was the one who created the revolution. Back to Stalin, he rules Russia by terror and hada five year plan to try getting Russia better. The production did grow, but ruling sucked. In conclusion, this needs to be studied because it is the first ever communist revolution! The big picture with the Russia group was that this was the end of the most backward regime, and the set up for first communist government.
    Our group then started our presentation on the Great Depression and the rise of people like Hitler, but did not finish. The big picture of what we discussed is that the Great Depression affected many people, and even other countries. Things like Pearl Harbor and the New Deal happened, and this is the deepest and longest lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western World! Furthermore, many countries were affected by it, and we have obviously made some gains because we have not had nothing like the Great Depression.

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  28. 4/30/15
    Scribe 28
    On Thursday, finished working on our final presentations with our group members. My group had the topic of the Cold War. We spent our time researching and providing information about the events of the Cold War that we found were the most important. For example, our events that we covered were: the fall of the Berlin Wall, fall of the Soviet Union, NATO, Cuban Missile Crisis, the Red Scare and the Space Race. We thought these events were important, because: the fall of the Berlin wall reunified Germany, so half of it (Western Half) wasn't under communist rule; the fall of the Soviet Union because that was the end of the Cold War; NATO because the members of this treaty helped to fight against communism; Cuban Missile Crisis because this was a conflict between the US and Soviet Union involving nuclear weapons in Cuba - this event could have caused a nuclear war; the Red Scare was important because it was targeting "communists" in the US (especially in the movie industry [The Blacklist]) I put communists in quotation marks, because not everyone accused was in fact a communist. This event was very similar to the Salem Witch Trials because a lot of people were getting accused and punished; The Space Race was also important, because this was just an era of competition between the Soviets and US to see who could accomplish more in space.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9HjvHZfCUI

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