Turkey A Nation In Transition

This documentary from the International Film Foundation provides a general history of Turkey and the Middle East. The major shift was in 1923 with the rise of Kemal Attaturk who was the founder of modern Turkey. The geography can either be arid or have lust soil. It has been for 3,000 years the heart of […]

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Benin Ivory Mask (1500s)

This is a Benin ivory mask currently part of the British Museum collection. The artifact was from the Nigerian kingdom of Benin produced around the 16th century. The mask was made by the Edo peoples. This mask was part of a special annual ritual conducted by the king. The king of Benin had the tile […]

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Onna-bugeisha Portrait (1800s)

Onna-bugeisha refers to a warrior nobility class of women who would fight along Samurai men in battle. This photograph which has been colorized and  shows an onna-bugeisha in full battle armor. Japan was a warrior culture similar to that of Dahomey or Sparta. Such warrior based societies believed that everyone should be willing to fight […]

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Aldous Huxley Interview (1958)

Aldous Huxley the author of  Brave New World is interviewed by Mike Wallace in this video. Here Aldous Huxley discusses what could become the major threats to freedom. Huxley does not say that such a development could be linked to a single person, rather a combination of factors. overpopulation could cause a level of social unrest […]

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Bill Cosby on Prejudice (1971)

Comedian Bill Cosby in this  video presentation plays a bigot. The video was released in 1971 during the American civil rights era. Bill Cosby’s bigot character presents numerous stereotypes and prejudices against African Americans , Native Americans, Jews, Italians, Mexicans, Irish, Puerto Ricans , Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Scottish, and various groups in the US. During […]

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