sábado, 25 de octubre de 2014

4º British: Arab Spring & French Revolution

As I usually tell you in class, History is always repeated. This is the reason why is so important to have a good knowledge about tour past. As an example, you will start a comparaison between the French Revolution (1789) and the so-called "Arab Spring" (2011). I am sure you will find this up-to-date activity quite different and interesnting.

It is more a research and opinion activity... Some of the questions you should ask yourselves are: How were the similarities and differences between both Revolutions? Were the causes similar? And the things that they vindicate, are also similar? Did they get through the same steps? Did the revolts spread to other countries? Do you think that they were a success or not? Why? What were the situation of women in both cases?... 

Write an academic report (minimun: 3 pages) with the main information of the Arab Spring and then compare its evolution with the French one. You can/should add some map or photos, and ALWAYS give examples and reasons for defending your point of view; if you can, add some primary sources. Finally, as a conclusion, you should include your opinion about the future of today's revolt. When finish, send the file to blogeducativo08@gmail.com

Here you have two links for a good start point:

Common thread of RevolutionsDr. Haytham Mouzahem, a Middle East analyst for the newspaper "Atlantic Post", argues that while revolutions may have different catalysts, they share common elements that include "circumstances of time and place and diverse cultural, religious, social, political and economic communities that witness these revolutions". 

Interactive timeline of the Egyptian Rev. (Brown University). It includes photos, videos and maps. 

Map of the revolts (from "The Economist")

Arab women (Jon Stewart, "Daily show"). Two short (less that 3 minutes) but very interesting videos.

Good luck!

My thanks to Ken Halla (from World History Educators Blog)  for those wonderfull links

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