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Western & Northern European History & Politics

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.

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. 1988. 52 min.

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. 1988. 52 min.

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. 1988. 52 min.

Europe: Confronting New Challenges, Part 1: Supranationalism and Devolution / East Looks West

Supranationalism and Devolution examines the co-existence of French and German cultures in Strasbourg and economic and social adjustments in the recently created Slovakia and Czech Republics. East Looks West investigates Berlin's transition from a weakened and divided city to one of emerging importance and investigates the diffusion of democratic ideas throughout Poland. 58 min. These programs are parts 3-4 of Power of Place: World Regional Geography.

Europe: Confronting New Challenges, Part 2: Transforming Industrial Coreland / Challenges on the Periphery

Transforming Industrial Coreland analyzes Liverpool's once-thriving industrial economy, now fallen to a marginal present-day role and examines Randstad-Holland as an integral part of the current European core. Challenges on the Periphery investigates Iceland which exists on the cultural and physical periphery of Europe and the gradual decline of the once-central but now peripheral Andalucia Region of Spain and its hopes for the future. 58 min.


Investigates the daily, sometimes illicit migration, across borders between Morocco and Spain- a rare intersection of the first and third worlds. Paying off officials to look the other way, workers smuggle contraband across the border, sometimes crossing up to 11 times a day. In a now common scenario, Moroccan woman work in North Africa to produce goods destined for the European market, even as domestics commute into a Spanish enclave in Moroccan territory. A videotape by Ursula Biemann and Angela Sanders. c2003. 20 min.


The first definitive film treatment of the Basque-Spanish conflict. Traces the history of the Basque independence movement from the Spanish civil war to after the socialist victory in the 1982 Spanish national elections. Archival footage and interviews with some of the main protagonists of this conflict present events of the last fifty years such as the 1937 bombing of Guernica, the systematic police repression of Basques under the Franco regime, and the killing of Prime Minister Carrero Blanco by the ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna - the Basque Country and Her Liberty).

Ever Again

Examines the resurgence of violent anti-Semitism in Europe and its connection to international terrorism currently threatening the entire world. Exposes the dangerous Islamic extremism and culture of death being preached from mosques of Europe's major cities and the new neo Nazism spreading from Germany across the continent. It documents the anti-Semitic roots of recent terrorist attacks in Madrid and London which left hundreds dead and thousands wounded. It examines the shift from the traditional anti-Semitism of the right to the new anti-Semitism of the extreme left.