World History

January 31, 2019 | News Quiz

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This episode features stories about the federal government reopening, the World Economic Forum, turmoil in Venezuela, the recent lunar eclipse, esports gaining popularity, new dog breeds added to Westminster, a Pakistani pencil artist, swimming with sharks, and more. News Quiz is KET's weekly 15-minute current events program for students. The program consists of news segments, a current events quiz, opinion letters, and an Extra Credit report.

Answer this week's opinion question at the News Quiz website. You can also copy this week's quiz to use in Google Classroom.

September 27, 2018 | News Quiz

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This episode features stories about limiting electronic device screen time, Hurricane Florence and the hurricane rating system, KET's anniversary, Mexico's independence day, Korean talks, space exploration, creative training techniques, happy goats, and more. News Quiz is KET's weekly 15-minute current events program for students. The program consists of news segments, a current events quiz, opinion letters, and an Extra Credit report.

Answer this week's opinion question at the News Quiz website. You can also copy this week's quiz to use in Google Classroom.

Michael Moore: English Civil War: Battle of Worcester 1651

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Filmmaker Michael Moore believed all his maternal ancestors were Irish immigrants, but he was surprised to learn of his Scottish ancestors who were sent to America in the 1650s as POWs of the English Civil War. 

The Battle of Worcester in 1651 was the last battle in the English Civil Wars, a series of conflicts that took place in the Kingdoms of England, Ireland and Scotland. Beginning around 1642, these wars were the result of differences over how the Kingdom should be governed, with the Royalists supporting the rule of absolute monarchy, and the Parliamentarians or Roundheads supporting a rule by Parliament. The Battle of Worcester marked the end of the Royalists’ attempts to regain power through warfare. This resulted in the exile of the monarch Charles II, while the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland were led by Oliver Cromwell. 

The final battle took place in Worcester, England when Scottish Royalists, supporting King Charles II, marched south to England to help regain the throne from the Roundheads. They anticipated gathering support for their cause along the way, but they were seen as invaders and were quickly defeated by Oliver Cromwell and his armies waiting for them at Worcester; over 3,000 men were killed and approximately 10,000 captured. 

The captured men were forced to march over 100 miles to London where many of them were sent to the New World and sold into forced servitude. The prisoners were sent on multiple ships abroad and sent to New England, the upper South and Barbados. Many of the men ended up in the sawmills and the ironworks in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, sold into indentured servitude for periods of up to seven years. Given the length of their servitude and their poverty few ever were able to return to Scotland.

Dunkirk and D-Day | ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

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Explore Dunkirk and D-Day, two historic battles of World War II, with this collection of artifacts featured in a video excerpt from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. Remarkably, a British soldier experienced both battles. His legacy includes map and handwritten instructions for crossing the English Channel to rescue stranded British troops at Dunkirk, and a rare U.S. Legion of Merit award to a British serviceman for service during D-Day.

Hydrogen Bomb Debate | The Bomb

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Learn how America faced a critical choice after the Soviets got their own atomic bomb in this clip from The Bomb. The US had a monopoly on nuclear weapons but in 1949, the Soviets got the bomb too. In response, some urged a crash program to develop a hydrogen bomb, to stay ahead of the Soviets. Others said this was an opportunity to stop the insanity of building nuclear weapons. Facing a Soviet Union that seemed determined to expand, and political pressures to appear strong, Harry Truman chose to build the H-bomb, and so began the nuclear arms race.

Jerusalem: Sacred and Contentious

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Learn about Jerusalem and its significance in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths in this media gallery from Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler. Throughout history, pilgrims from these three major religions have traveled to Jerusalem. Jewish tradition states that all descendants of Israel should make a pilgrimage to see the temple compound three or more times a year. Christian pilgrims flock to the city where their Bible states that Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected. And Muslims visit Jerusalem to fulfill a commandment from the prophet Muhammad. This resource is part of the Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Collection.

Taking Sides | Les Misérables

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Gain insights into the causes of political upheaval in France and the role that young people played in the Paris Uprising of 1832, in this video excerpt from Les Misérables| MASTERPIECE. Set in a tavern, the scene conveys the various viewpoints of the era, including those who supported the monarchy, those who favored Napoleon, and those who were determined to return to the earlier principles of the 1789 French Revolution, even if it meant outright rebellion once again.

Find out more about MASTERPIECE on the series website.

The Renaissance: Was it a Thing? | Crash Course World History

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John Green teaches you about the European Renaissance. European learning changed the world in the 15th and 16th century, but was it a cultural revolution, or an evolution? We'd argue that any cultural shift that occurs over a couple of hundred years isn't too overwhelming to the people who live through it. In retrospect though, the cultural bloom in Europe during this time was pretty impressive. In addition to investigating what caused the Renaissance and who benefitted from the changes that occurred, John will tell you just how the Ninja Turtles got mixed up in all this.

Buddha and Ashoka | Crash Course World History

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John Green relates a condensed history of India, post-Indus Valley Civilization. John explores Hinduism and the origins of Buddhism. He also gets into the reign of Ashoka, the Buddhist emperor who, in spite of Buddhism's structural disapproval of violence, managed to win a bunch of battles.

Communists, Nationalists, and China's Revolutions | Crash Course World History

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John Green teaches you about China's Revolutions. While the rest of the world was off having a couple of World Wars, China was busily uprooting the dynastic system that had ruled there for millennia. Most revolutions have some degree of tumult associated with them, but China's 20th century revolutions were REALLY disruptive. In 1911 and 1912, Chinese nationalists brought 3000 years of dynastic rule to an end. China plunged into chaos as warlords staked out regions of the country for themselves. The nationalists and communists joined forces briefly to bring the nation back together under the Chinese Republic, and then they quickly split and started fighting the Chinese Civil War. The fight between nationalists and communists went on for decades, and was interrupted by an alliance to fight the invading Japanese during World War II. After World War II ended, the Chinese Civil War was back on. Mao and the communists were ultimately victorious, and Chiang Kai-Shek ended up in Taiwan. And then it got weird. Mao spent years repeatedly trying to purify the Communist Party and build up the new People's Republic of China with Rectifications, Anti Campaigns, Five Year Plans, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution. These had mixed results, to say the least. John will cover all this and more in this week's Crash Course World History.

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