World History

Truman - Crisis in Korea

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President Truman interpreted the North Korean attack upon South Korea as direct aggression from the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union's support for the invasion, however, was limited and not driven by the Soviet leader Stalin. "What the United States got involved with in 1950 was not aggression from the Soviet Union," says historian Walter LaFeber, but "an incredibly bloody Civil War in Korea." Learn more with this excerpt from American Experience: "Truman."

All-Female Enterprise | Wide Angle

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The Azka Pickle Cooperative is an all-female enterprise that has empowered a group of Palestinian widows. The women are faced with more challenges than a group of businessmen is likely to encounter, but are successful in meeting these challenges head-on with great benefit to their cooperative. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Pickles, Inc.," viewers experience the ups and downs of this all-female operated pickle business.

Pulse Jet Engineering and Science | Nazi Mega Weapons: V1 Hitler's Vengeance Missile

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Learn how the pulse jet engine was pioneered and influenced the V1 development. During the early war years, Fritz Gosslau worked with other scientists to turn the pulse jet into a functioning engine by revolutionizing the fuel delivery and air intake systems. He makes the engine work but with a large drawback: it self destructs after a few hours of use. Gosslau believes this will make it perfect for an unmanned flying bomb. He teams up with aircraft designer Robert Lusser. When the Allies bomb Lubeck, Hitler demands revenge. The Luftwaffe are short of planes but Lusser and Gosslau's unmanned bomb could just be the answer and it moves into full development at a top secret testing centre called Peenemunde. The Nazis have to pioneer every aspect of the new V1. The biggest challenge it to get it airborne without a pilot. A system of ramps are designed and their remains can still be found today.

Pankisi Valley | Wide Angle

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Regions bordering countries at war are often susceptible to the encroachment of their borders and boundaries. During the Chechen war, rebels, Islamist militants, and refugees sought asylum in the Pankisi Valley of northeast Georgia. This video segment from Wide Angle provides a view of this region and its new inhabitants.

Liberian Civil War & Ethnic Cleansing

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Learn about the child soldiers that fought in the Liberian Civil War in this clip from the WGBH production, Global Connections: Liberia.

My Country, My Country: To Vote or Not to Vote

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My Country, My Country is an unforgettable journey into the heart of war-ravaged Iraq in the months leading up to the January 2005 elections. Symbolized by fingers marked with purple ink, the 2005 elections posed challenges to all sides of the debate about the war. This lesson plan

Birth of a New Nazi Underwater Superweapon | Nazi Mega Weapons: Hitler's Killer Subs Part 2

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To increase the German U-boat advantage, Rear Admiral Doentiz turned to pioneering engineer Dr. Hellmuth Walter to turn his rocket propelled V80 into a larger combat craft.

Doe's Leadership

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Learn about the leadership of Liberian military leader Samuel Doe and his persecution of President Tolbert's cabinet in this clip from the WGBH production, Global Connections: Liberia.

U.S. Liberian Policy

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Learn about the lack of American action during the Liberian Civil War in this clip from the WGBH production, Global Connections: Liberia.

Americo-Liberian domination

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Learn about the regime of Liberian military leader Samuel Doe in this clip from the WGBH production, Global Connections: Liberia.

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