This first article touches on just how close all the ISIS stuff is to Turkey, and anticipates Sunday's Parliamentary vote.
So....How'd that vote turn out? Take a look:
If you're interested, feel free to go on to the companion analysis piece also from PBS Newshour: "Is Turkey Headed for Political Instability?" That one, however, is not required.
This combines an actual recording of Sassoon reading his poem with a CGI animation of a photograph of the poet.
This engaging video explains why systems that have plurality (aka FPTP) voting tend to develop two dominant political parties, as both Britain and the US did in the 19th Century.
This engaging video explains why systems in which only one candidate/representative is elected based on a plurality system (also called FPTP - you don't need a majority, just more than everyone else running), a two-party system is likely to emerge, as they did in both the US and Britain in the 19th Century.
The effective (if dated), very faithful rendering of Dickens' impactful work on social class. The caustic stereotypes in Guiness's* portrayal of Fagin got this film banned many places when it first came out in 1948.
*Yes! Same guy who plays Obi Wan Kanobi and Charles I, even younger!
This is an oddly and abruptly truncated Crash Course episode on the French Revolution. I post it for this moment because the cut-off corresponds pretty well with what we've done so far. I will replace it will the full episode later.
The other odd thing about this clip is that it includes a minor if GLARING error (oh John, how could you?). Can you spot it? If you think you've found the error, make a note in comments signing with only your initials please!
The fun thing about this short piece on Frederick the Great: not only does it present, and in part debunk, many of the tropes we know best about Frederick, it also emphasizes a central theme of our approach to this course: that history as we know and tell it is often 'shaped'.