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Eastern Europe History & Politics

Europe, The Mighty Continent: How are the Mighty Fallen.

Discusses the post-World War II establishment of the Iron Curtain and the beginning of Cold War tensions which reached a climax with the 1948-49 Russian blockade of West Berlin. 52 min. 1988.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: Human Rights, Fundamental Freedom.

Portrayal of postwar Europe. Poland was occupied by Russia. So fell Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, the rest of the Balkans, half of Germany and half of Vienna. East Europe exchanged the tyranny of Hitler for the tyranny of Stalin. Britain cast out the conservatives and rang in the Labour Party. Winston Churchill and de Gaulle were rejected. The great European empires crumbled. 52 min. 1988.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: The Day of Empires Has Arrived.

Deals with the forces of unrest that threatened the empires in the early the theories of Marx and Engels in Europe, the oppression in the Colonies, and revolutionaries in Russia. Also shows the Fauvists of Paris and Berlin characterized through their art, the century's chaotic first decade. 52 min. 1988.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: The Drums Begin to Roll.

Analyzes the European events and conditions that set the stage for the First World War. Discusses the Russian defeat in the Russo-Japanese War which convinced Asians, Africans, and Indians that Europe was not invincible and inspired confidence in Germany which was already mobilizing its forces. 52 min. 1988.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: The Hope of Mankind.

Discusses the aftermath of World War I, including the creation of the League of Nations, the problems of the Weimar Republic, the establishment of dictatorships in Poland, Yugoslavia, and Hungary, and Mussolini's rise to power in Italy. 52 min. 1988.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: This Generation Has No Future.

Examines the chronology of events of the First World Warn Europe, including the Bolshevik Revolution and Russia's withdrawal from the war, America's entry into the war, and Germany's defeat. Discusses the devastating effects of modern warfare techniques. 52 min. 1988.

Europe, The Mighty Continent:With Hardship Their Garment.

Analyzes the events of World War II in Europe, focusing on the unprecedented destruction of civilian populations. Discusses the Nazi extermination camps and their brutality against Jewish and Slavic peoples. 52 min. 1988.

Europe: Confronting New Challenges, [Pt.1 & 2](Power of Place: World Regional Geography; 3-4, 5-6)

Prog. 3. Supranationalism and devolution: Strasbourg, Europe's new capital? Slovakia, new sovereignty--Prog. 4. East looks West: Berlin, united we stand. Poland, diffusion of democracy. Prog. 5. Transforming industrial coreland: Liverpool, a new dawn. Randstad, preserving the green heart.--Prog. 6. Challenges on the periphery: Iceland, edge of the habitable world. Andalusia, life on the periphery.

Europe: Confronting New Challenges, [Pt.1 & 2](Power of Place: World Regional Geography; 3-4, 5-6)

Prog. 3. Supranationalism and devolution: Strasbourg, Europe's new capital? Slovakia, new sovereignty--Prog. 4. East looks West: Berlin, united we stand. Poland, diffusion of democracy. Prog. 5. Transforming industrial coreland: Liverpool, a new dawn. Randstad, preserving the green heart.--Prog. 6. Challenges on the periphery: Iceland, edge of the habitable world. Andalusia, life on the periphery.

Exile in Buyukada

Based on the book by Isaac Deutscher, this fascinating docudrama presents a moving portrait of controversial figure Leon Trotsky, the revolutionary who advocated world revolution with socialism in the Soviet Union, and ultimately, the exiled opponent of Stalin after Lenin died. In his twilight exiled years, Leon Trotsky spent time in France, Norway, and Mexico but before these final years, Turkey granted asylum for the deported leader of the Soviet revolution. 2000. 72 min.

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