Gerard Van Schagen Map (1689)

Map making can be considered an art. Artists actually were involved in their production. Gerard van Schagen was both an engraver and cartographer from the Netherlands. Based in Amsterdam, he also made reproductions of maps from other cartographers. The map depicts not only continents, but illustrations in all four corners. The top left shows a […]

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Muammar Qaddafi Addresses The UN General Assembly (2009)

Libya was able to get the 1992 UN sanctions lifted, ending international isolation. Muammar Qaddafi addressed the UN General Assembly in 2009. Qaddafi in this speech makes an argument for peace and cooperation on various issues including terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and global conflict. Muammar Qaddafi also criticizes the fact the United Nations still remained superpower […]

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Kariba Dam Newsreel (1964)

The newsreel from Pathe shows the Kariba Dam. The Kariba Gorge of the Zambezi river basin is where the dam is located. Between Zambia and Zimbabwe this project was built during the colonial era. The newsreel refers to Zimbabwe as Rhodesia. This was before independence and the overthrow of the white minority rule regime. The […]

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The Most Significant Events of 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic The world experienced its worst pandemic since the influenza pandemic of 1918. What started in Wuhan, China rapidly spread. The US, Italy, and China were hit the worst from COVID-19. Nations struggled to get the disease under control which also caused a strain on healthcare systems. Lockdowns, quarantines, and travel bans became […]

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Ronald Reagan Interview Regarding The Washington Summit (1987)

Ronald Reagan discusses what would be known as the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with reporters Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Bernard Shaw, and Peter Jennings. The Reagan administration came under criticism for attempting to reach an agreement with the Soviet Union. President Reagan was under pressure from mostly the neoconservative wing of the Republican […]

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