Monthly Archives: May 2012

Bloody Sunday vs Amritsar Massacre

As I was reviewing the Russian Revolution, I was thinking about Bloody Sunday and how it is similar to the Amritsar Massacre. In both cases people were peacefully protesting and authority started to shoot. Although Bloody Sunday was completely unprovoked … Continue reading

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American Foreign Intervention

We discussed in class the other day the United States’ moral obligation to intervene during the Serb genocide in Bosnia.  At the heart of this issue are two often conflicting moral philosophies.  One, which values rational self interest, prevents a … Continue reading

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Organizing for revolution, or, why the liberals failed in Egypt

If you’ve been following the news, you know that the run-off for president of Egypt this month will be between a representative of the old, pre-revolutionary regime on the one hand, a representative of a conservative Islamist party on the … Continue reading

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Chernobyl today

I’m posting this on behalf of Aaron — Dr. K In class last week we talked a lot about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.  We also briefly commented on the new horror movie coming out “The Chernobyl Diaries.”  We discussed how … Continue reading

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Syria

After watching the video on Yugoslavia, I couldn’t help but think about Syria right now. The people of Syria are being violently suppressed, by an insane leader that doesn’t seem to ever want to stop. They are revolting in hopes … Continue reading

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A Post-Communist Sliver

A quirky article in the New York Times today, about a tiny sliver of a would-be country.  It’s a break-away from a break-away, a region which broke away from one of the post-Soviet republics, which in turn had broken away … Continue reading

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Violence in Romania

After reviewing the fall of communism in all the different countries in class, Romania was the only one that led a violent revolution. Was there a reason for this? The other countries were able to defeat communism without having to … Continue reading

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A History of Repetition

As I was finishing up the final parts of the rough draft for our paper, I found it interesting how the French Revolution of 1848 modeled much of what would happen in future revolutions, after the fighting had finally settled down. More … Continue reading

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The delicacy of army dependence

Throughout the year, we have been talking about what is necessary to have a revolution. Many of us have struggled to explain the Indian Revolution when all the other ones we see seem to be based in large part upon … Continue reading

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The Opposite

I thought it was interesting that throughout the time following Stalin’s reign, their were multiple de-Stalinizations and re-Stalinizations. After Stalin the period of de-Stalinization occurred; it was a time when Khrushchev made many reforms to do the opposite of all that … Continue reading

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