The Berlin Blockade, 1948-9

The consequences of the Berlin blockade were far reaching and were to dominate European politics for the next forty years. Pesident Truman was under no illusion that the Blockade had been a test of strength, designed by Stalin to see whether the West would resist and whether the USA would stand behind the Truman doctrine.

Due to the importance of the Blockade it’s important that we do not miss any of the elements that contributed to the crisis to finally be able to fully understand the impact of the crisis.

Below is a selection of the videos you provided that discuss the Crisis.

Using the material in your videos complete the chart and answer the question in the pdf below.

Superpower Relations – the Cold War – The Berlin Blockade

The Berlin Blockade – QUESTIONS

History´s Presentation

In our history class, we were divided into different groups to prepare presentations about the causes which lead to ww2. My topic was The Rhineland, I worked with Matias Ripoll and Juan Elia and. This is our presentation:

 

Other presentations:

The Sudetenland, 1938

The Spanish Civil War. 1926

Rearmament

The Saar Plesbicite

The Anschluss with Austria

The Nazi Soviet Pact

 

 

 

History Sources

In our history class we started reading the German chapter. Our teacher told us to analyse, in pairs, 5 sources which we can found in our history book. I worked with Valentina Re. This is our work:

Source 1:

From this source we can understand the hatred towards the Treaty of Versailles, that Hitler and the german population had. Most of the points of this treaty were not beneficial at all for the german citizens. They were forced to pay reparations, they lost land and most importantly, they had to accept the blame for starting the war. All these things, humiliated her in front of the other countries. Hitler and the german society, felt the Treaty of Versailles was done to damage her and that’s what the german dictator is trying to express through these words. Although Germany was partly responsible for the World War 1, as well as other states, and for causing damage in a lot of countries, it was not entirely her fault.

Source 3:

In this source we can see the retelling of a woman who was present during the occupation of the Ruhr by the french and belgian troops. As the germans were unable to pay one of the quotes they owed to the allies, the troops of France and Belgium decided to enter this german territory and took by force what they deserved. They violently started taking, in the form of raw materials, everything the germans owed them. This source describes how they rudely they treated the people living their, and how they acted as if it was their territory doing everything they wanted.

Source 4:

This image is a british cartoon from 1921. There are two people which are watching another one drown. The two watchers are symbolising the leaders of France and Britain, and the person drowning is symbolising Germany. Moreover we can see a life-belt which is symbolising a loan. We can understand how France and Britain, which are not having any economic problems, are watching germany is falling apart. At that time, the german economy was broken because of the damage she had suffered with the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. Because of this in the cartoon Germany is asking the leaders of France and Britain, whose countries are economically stable, a loan so that they could recover. However, these two are just watching, with no intention of helping her.

Source 9:

This british historian is trying to explain how the germans blamed the reparations she had to pay because of the treaty of versailles, and the Weimar republic for the hyperinflation they were suffering from at the moment.  She blamed the reparations because these broke her economy and humiliated her as well. Moreover, she blamed the Weimar Republic because she accepted they had to pay reparations and these made the german population felt like their government was supporting the Treaty of Versailles which, in the eyes of the german people, damaged their country. Despite this, this historian is saying that the causes of hyperinflation are more complex that these.

Source 13:

This source is a poster of a film protagonised by Marlene Dietrich, which was one of the greatest international stars produced during this period of time in which the german cinema grew a lot. Germany, was now in a new period because of the appearance of Gustav Stresemann and his new government. During this time there was more freedom which allowed art and culture to flourish. This gave as a result the appearance of new films and international stars which made the cinema industry be more significant in the life of german citizens.

 

 

The League of Nations: A League of its own 2

With Facundo Vazquez Avila we answer a few questions that Lenny gave us to complete. The questions are in the following Link.

Las Cumbres The League of Nations

Answers:

  1. What are the aims of the League?

The aims of the League were:

  • To discourage aggression from any country.
  • To encourage countries to cooperate especially in business and trade.
  • To encourage nations to disarm
  • To improve the living and working conditions of people in all parts of the word.

 

    2)  What happened to Wilson when he returned to the USA after signing the Treaty of Versailles?

         Wilson tried to return to the USA to present his arguments to the people,  but the Congress voted in 1919, he was defeated.

 

 3) Why did The German immigrants in the USA  not want to join the League of Nations?

        They not wanted to join it because the Treaty of Versailles was too harsh on Germany.

  4) What economic reasons did US give to stay out of the League?

       The reason was because trade was suspended due to the League of Nations sanctions.

5)  How did Americans feel about imperialism in Europe?

      The Americans feared that a country like Britain or France would rule the League.

 

6) Why did Poland invaded Vilma? Why did the League not act about it?

       They invaded Vilma because they wanted more land. The League did not act about because they protested to Poland but the Poles did not pull out. Also Britain and France were not prepared to act.

 

7) Why was Upper Silesia an important region for Poland and Germany?

        Upper Silesia was an important region for Poland and Germany because Upper Silesia had important mines where they could find a lot of minerals and good territory.

 

8)How did the League solve the conflict in Vilna. ?

       They didn’t, The league wasn’t prepared to act and Vilna was part of Poland.

  

9) What did the League decide to do about the Aaland islands.?

      Both sides were threatening to go to war but then Sweden accepted the League’s decision that Finland should have control over the island.

 

10) Why did Mussolini invade Greece in the Corfu conflict.?

           Because Tellini and his team were ambushed and murdered so Mussolini was so angry that he bombarded Greece.

 

11) Why was the League criticised about the resolution in the Corfu conflict?

         The League criticised the resolution in the Corfu Conflict because Mussolini did not accept the decision and they had to change it because Mussolini was an important ruler.

 

12) How did the Geneva Protocol weaken the League?

       The Geneva Protocol weaken the League by doing this. If two members were in dispute they would have to ask the League to sort out the disagreement and they would have to accept.

 

13) How did Greece invaded Bulgaria in 1925?

        Greece invaded Bulgaria after an accident on the border in which some Greek soldiers were killed. Bulgaria appealed for help.

 

14) Why did Greece complain that the League “seemed to have one rule for the large states  (such as Italy) and another for the smaller ones”

      Greece complain that the League seemed to have one rule for the large states  (such as Italy) and another for the smaller ones” because Greek people thought that smallest countries  have less advantages than the large countries.

           

          
       

 

League of Nations: A League of its Own

In this post with Facundo Vazquez Avila we are going to do a summary on the video have already seen.

t’s the dawn of a new project, a new challenge, a new experience for us in Senior 1. We are taking a plunge into the work of the League of Nations. Let’s warm up our engines watching this video made by History students.

Hi!

Today, August 12th, you will be answering questions on the chapter of the League of Nations. Here are the instructions for the work:

  •  You can work in pairs, with the person sitting next to you. 
  • Create a post in your blog with the rubrics in this post and the questions. 
  • Answer the questions in your blog.
  • If you do not have access to a computer, you may start answering your questions on paper. 
  • The final product, i.e. your answers, must be in a post in your blog. 

DUE DATE: August 19th. 

SUMMARY: 

  • In 1918 Woodrow Wilson presented te 14 points.
  • The League of Nations was settled in 1919, Geneva.
  • There were four members: France, Italy, Britain and Japan.
  • The League lifespan for 27 years.
  • The United States (USA) never joined into the League.
  • The League had to accomplish a few points: The first one was to prevent a future conflictss that would be as devastating as the Great War. The second  one was to disarm the world, the third one was to enforce the conditions of the Treaty of Versailles and the last one was to better humanity.
  • The League was oonformed of three important organs: 1- The Secretariat, they  had to administrate all the League`s work 2- The League Counsil, This was a group of natios that meet per year and have to direct the actions of the Assembly 3- The Assembly, this was where all the decisicions were made.
  • The League had special agencies, The International Labour Organisation, The Commision for Refugees, The parmanent court o Justice and also the Permanent Central Opium board.
  • The League of Nations was dump.

The League of Nations: A League of its own

In this post with Facundo Vazquez Avila we are going to do a summary on the video have already seen.

t’s the dawn of a new project, a new challenge, a new experience for us in Senior 1. We are taking a plunge into the work of the League of Nations. Let’s warm up our engines watching this video made by History students.

Hi!

Today, August 12th, you will be answering questions on the chapter of the League of Nations. Here are the instructions for the work:

  •  You can work in pairs, with the person sitting next to you. 
  • Create a post in your blog with the rubrics in this post and the questions. 
  • Answer the questions in your blog.
  • If you do not have access to a computer, you may start answering your questions on paper. 
  • The final product, i.e. your answers, must be in a post in your blog. 

DUE DATE: August 19th. 

SUMMARY: 

  • In 1918 Woodrow Wilson presented te 14 points.
  • The League of Nations was settled in 1919, Geneva.
  • There were four members: France, Italy, Britain and Japan.
  • The League lifespan for 27 years.
  • The United States (USA) never joined into the League.
  • The League had to accomplish a few points: The first one was to prevent a future conflictss that would be as devastating as the Great War. The second  one was to disarm the world, the third one was to enforce the conditions of the Treaty of Versailles and the last one was to better humanity.
  • The League was oonformed of three important organs: 1- The Secretariat, they  had to administrate all the League`s work 2- The League Counsil, This was a group of natios that meet per year and have to direct the actions of the Assembly 3- The Assembly, this was where all the decisicions were made.
  • The League had special agencies, The International Labour Organisation, The Commision for Refugees, The parmanent court o Justice and also the Permanent Central Opium board.
  • The League of Nations was dump.

The Paris Peace Conference – Voicethread. Alvaro, Florencia and Belen

Some weeks ago, Lenny asked us to create a dialogue between the Big Three and about their decisions at the Paris Peace Conference. Then, the second task was to record it with Voicethread and publish it in our blogs giving an opinion.

My group was Alvaro, Florencia and I. Here is our conversation.

Here is the dialogue:

In conclusion, I really liked this project because it was a new way to do works in groups instead of doing a normal presentation.

I enjoyed most about this project is that we can express our interpretation and our opinions of what was the Treaty of Versailles and what Clemenceau, Wilson and Lloyd George thought about it.

I would like the people from Junior 7 to do the same project with the dialogue and the Voicethread.