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Western & Northern European History & Politics

Europe, The Mighty Continent: A Certain Amount of Violence.

Analyzes major historical developments in Europe in the mid-1950's. Discusses the Soviet suppression of the Polish and Hungarian revolts, British and French involvement in the Suez, and the formation of the European Economic Community. 1988. 52 min.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: A European Idea.

Analyzes recent developments in Europe such as the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the weakening of the European Economic Community by the Middle East War and subsequent oil crisis, and the evolution of détente in relations between East and West. Discusses prospects for Europe's future. 1988. 52 min.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: A World to Win.

Examines the forces of unrest which disrupted European stability at the beginning of 20th century, including colonial nationalism, industrialization, socialism, trade unionism, and various reform movements. Analyzes the causes and effects of the 1905 revolution in Russia. 1988. 52 min.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: Are We Making a Good Peace?

Analyzes the considerations that affected the formulation of the Treaty of Versailles. Discusses the civil war and counterrevolution in Russia. 1988. 52 min.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: Form! Riflemen, Form!

Analyzes conditions in Europe that made Hitler's and Mussolini's rise to power possible. Discusses Stalin's five-year plans in the Soviet Union, the civil war in Spain, and the signing of the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939. 1988. 52 min.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: Hey-day Fever.

Examines European state of affairs at the turn of the 20th century. Discusses Europe's worldwide economic leadership, its achievements in the arts, science and technology, and its skillful political leadership, all of which contributed to its international preeminence. 1988. 52 min.

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. 1988. 52 min.

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. 1988. 52 min.

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. 1988. 52 min.

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. 1988. 52 min.