‘The Difference Between Us’: The Illusion of Race

"Everyone can tell a Nubian from a Norwegian, so why not divide people into different races? That's the question explored in "The Difference Between Us," the first hour of this PBS series. This episode shows that despite what we've always believed, the world's peoples simply don't come bundled into distinct biological groups. We begin by … Continue reading ‘The Difference Between Us’: The Illusion of Race

What Is The American Creed? Or Are We Headed Towards A New Civil War?

Trailer for "The American Creed," a PBS documentary. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, from remarkably different backgrounds, life experiences and points of view, joined together to host a spirited inquiry into the idea of a unifying American creed. This documentary frames the stories of a range of … Continue reading What Is The American Creed? Or Are We Headed Towards A New Civil War?

Largely Forgotten Conflict Between England and Scotland is Revived By Brexit and ‘Outlander’

With England's exit from the European Union, there's a revival of Scottish interest in independence so it can stay in the EU. If successful, Scottish independence would destroy the United Kingdom. Wales and Northern Ireland, which voted to remain in the EU, likely following Scotland's lead in exiting the UK. The Scots have, until recently, … Continue reading Largely Forgotten Conflict Between England and Scotland is Revived By Brexit and ‘Outlander’

Nationalism: Force for Good Or Evil?

Opinions of historians seem to be split pretty intensively on whether nationalism is a force for good or a force for evil, or at least aggression. Youtube.com is full of videos on the pros and cons of nationalism. One of the most pro-nationalist videos comes from the Prager Institute, a conservative think-tank, by Yoram Hazony, … Continue reading Nationalism: Force for Good Or Evil?

Age of Napoleon: How It Started, How It Ended, His Legacy, How It Shapes Us

Crash Course tries not to give "too much great man history, but we have to admit: Napoleon Bonaparte is a pretty big deal. Join us as we track the rise, further rise, fall, rise, fall, mortal fall, and posthumous rise of Napoleon. This guy changed France, he changed Europe, and in a lot of ways … Continue reading Age of Napoleon: How It Started, How It Ended, His Legacy, How It Shapes Us

European Imperialism of 19th Century Was Closely Linked to Nationalism. Asians Eventually Revolted

Imperialism -- the policy or ideology of extending a nation's rule over foreign nations, often by military force or by gaining political and economic control of other areas -- was a common practice of European nations in Asia and Africa in the 19th century. This is closely related to nationalism -- citizens have such pride … Continue reading European Imperialism of 19th Century Was Closely Linked to Nationalism. Asians Eventually Revolted

National Anthems Spark Positive and Negative Emotions

Vocal National Anthems, a Youtube.com channel, posts national anthems from around the world. Some of them are quite moving, others are awful. The collection is quite impressive: one playlist of 28 anthems with lyrics and subtitles; a second playlist of 195 instrumental anthems, and a third playlist of 180 vocal national anthems.  And at least one … Continue reading National Anthems Spark Positive and Negative Emotions

Examples of Nationalism: Russian National Anthem

Includes translation of lyrics. Description on Youtube:  The National Anthem of the Russian Federation (Russian: Государственный гимн Российской Федерации, "Gosudarstvenny Gimn Rossiyskoy Federatsii") is the national anthem of Russia. The song is an adaptation of the anthem of the Soviet Union that was used from 1944 until 1990, with music originally composed by Alexander Alexandrov. … Continue reading Examples of Nationalism: Russian National Anthem

A Vivid Example of Cultural Differences, Nationalism and Imperialism For Students

Rule Britainia! Read this "news" aloud to middle or high school social studies students, or print it out and ask them to react on paper. "To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen... Elizabeth II: "In light of your immediate failure to financially manage yourselves and also in recent … Continue reading A Vivid Example of Cultural Differences, Nationalism and Imperialism For Students

Nationalism Spread Through Europe, the US, Latin America and into Japan in the 1800s

The most important global phenomenon of the 19th and early 20th century was nationalism and the emergence of nation-states, breaking away from the age of empires and colonialism. I've already posted about Otto Bismarck in Germany, and Mustafa Kemal, a.k.a. Ataturk, in Turkey and the ways that Euro-American nationalism and a sense of "manifest destiny" over-rode … Continue reading Nationalism Spread Through Europe, the US, Latin America and into Japan in the 1800s