The Great depression had a worldwide impact.  It is said to have started in 1929 with the Stock market Crash here in the United States (Frankforter & Spellmen, 2013, pp. 684).  The first chart in the link below shows some of the countries that were impacted by the Great Depression, and the dates of impact and recovery.  The […]

I think it’s hard for many today to imagine that the Italy we know for its culture and hot spot tourist attractions had such a dark spot in history. Like Hitler and Stalin, Mussolini was every bit totalitarian leader. His manipulation of events was used to deceive the Italian people so he could gain power, […]

Altogether, the Western Democracies responded to the Great Depression by looking out for their interests, through raising trade tariffs. However, in doing so they ended up making it difficult for any type of international trade to be present, causing each country to sink deeper into economic decline, instead of rise out of the Depression. Furthermore, […]

Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, also known as Joseph Stalin was born on December 18th 1879 in Gori, Georgia, which was part of Russia during this time. While studying in seminary, Stalin was introduced to Marxist literature. Stalin later dropped out of seminary in order to devote his time to the revolutionary movement against the Russian monarchy. […]

The 9th of November 1938, the Germans implemented the program of Kristallnacht. During Kristallnacht, any and all Jewish businesses and synagogues were burned down and looted. Alongside with having their religious temples burned and their businesses destroyed, many Jews were killed and some committed suicide. In the video below it is estimate that 155o temples […]

Kristallnacht: Night of Broken Glass

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Kristalnacht- German pogram 1938 Die Kristallnacht was a pogrom in Germany and Austria on the night of November 9 1938. It was directed towards Jewish citizens throughout the country. Synagogues, Jewish businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed. It became known as the “The Night of Broken Glass” in English due to the mass amounts of shattered store-front […]

Django Reinhardt: Beginnings of European Jazz

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Django Reinhardt was a Romani, Belgian jazz guitarist and composer. Revered as revolutionary to the world of jazz, making major contributions to the development European jazz. he invented a new style of jazz guitar technique. His music became tradition within gypsy culture. During the outbreak of World War II , the Django’s original quintet was on tour in the United […]

Otto Dix v.s Jacques Henri Lartigue

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Primary Source Assignment: Otto Dix v.s Jacques Henri Lartigue During and in the aftermath of the war the political, cultural, and social order was drastically changed in Europe. New countries were formed, old ones were abolished, international organizations were established, and many new and old ideologies took a firm hold in people’s minds. It was […]

The Triumph of the Will and The Treaty of Versailles

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 The Triumph of the Will             In September of 1934, Leni Riefenstahl documented the annual Reich Party Congress. Her opening lines: “Twenty years after the outbreak of the World War, sixteen years after the start of German suffering, nineteen months after the start of Germany’s rebirth, Adolf Hitler flew once again to Nuremburg to hold […]

Joseph Stalin

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Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili was born on 18 December 1879 in Gori, Georgia, which was then part of the Russian empire. His father was a cobbler and Stalin grew up in modest circumstances. He studied at a theological seminary where he began to read Marxist literature. He never graduated, instead devoting his time to the revolutionary […]