The British Empire after World War II - The Commonwealth 1/5
This video documentary examines post-war decades of the British Empire. It starts with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, then talks about its legacy in its former territories. There is reference to Britain no longer being an Empire but a commonwealth of nations. People needed a new life after WWII.
The Policy-Making Cycle
This video is accompanied by text. "Political socialization is the process by which people learn and form opinions about government and politics. This process typically begins at home, where children overhear their parents talking about political issues, concerns, and politicians. Most people can probably recall a time when they heard their parents or other adults praising or ranting about a politician. The things that are said, both good and bad, influence how young minds perceive government an
Elizabeth I - Documentary Part 11
This part of the documentary refers to the raising Catholics in the north of England started against Elizabeth. They attack cathedrals and burned Protestant bibles. Their goal was to resque Mary of Scots. Elizabeth sent Mary to another place. Suthern Lords marched against the North. The rebels retreated to Scotland. Elizabeth sent about 700 men to be put to death. Land was destributed among Elizabeth supporters. Northfolk was not accused at first, but English spies found proof against him. Eliza
Subject and Predicate
This video is filmed in the Campbell River area of Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. The narrator is chopping wood outside while explaining subject and predicate in this lesson. Example sentences are shown as text on the screen as the narrator explains them.
Valentine's Day Song
The video starts by counting 10 hearts, then sings a valentine song to the tune of "One Little Indian." Hearts are on a felt board while the teacher sings. Various shapes are also taught between the song.This video is really great for small children to catch on to.
Women in Politics
A three minute video highlighting some of the most important women in American politics. Needs more background to be of more value. Just a selection of sound bites, but good insights.
Wuthering Heights: Context
This video examines the context of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Wuthering Heights is a tale of passion, a tale of
extremes. Published in 1847, a year before Brontë's death, it was not
received well by the critics of the time, yet today we see it as one of
the great Romantic classics. When reading Wuthering Heights we need
2008 Christmas Around The World
This short video from 2008 is about how Christmas was celebrated in various places and by notable people. Included are British royals, President-Elect (at the time) Barack Obama, miliary personnel, and the Pope. Bethlehem is included as well.
Pigs wallowing in mud
Berkshire and British Lop pigs and piglets enjoying the mud. Many good shots of four young pigs playing in a wallow and getting themselves very muddy, as well as a couple of much bigger and older pigs that are much less lively. Note: there is a country rock song about "strong whisky" in the background; you can turn the sound off and not miss anything.
The True Story of D-Day - Part 2 of 10
This second part of the documentary begins with a reconstruction of conversations between soldiers and the memories of former soldiers retelling what they lived that day before the attack started. The invasion begins before dawn with units of the US Airborne Divisions making night landings, while British commando units capture key bridges and knock out Nazi communications. Fighting begins.
The True Story of D-Day - Parts 5 of 10
This part of the documentary shows the reconstructed conversation between a German commander and a British soldier. The commander was trying to get information about the coming invasion. You can also see the actual man who participated in that conversation retelling his memories. In early June the invasion is ready to set sails. There is a description by the former soldiers, reconstructions and footage about the beginning of the invasion.
Learning English - Lesson Twenty Five (Making a Speech)
This lesson is an informative and humorous lesson on making a speech, featuring a very bad speech and some very specific pointers on how not to make the same mistakes. This was directed at ESL learners but is suitable for anyone. It contains subtitles in English while the narrator speaks in British English. (7:53)
In an attempt to contend with the British Navy, Germany began to produce a new weapon of war—the U-boat. U-boats, a common English abbreviation for the German word `Unterseeboot', were submarines. Unlike surface ships, U-boats, did not adhere to the traditional rules of engagement, which required raiders to stop a vessel, examine its cargo, and allow passengers to escape before sinking the ship. Instead, the strength of the submarine was its ability to strike without warning, while its major
Paris Peace Conference - 1919
The video shows footage of the time. You can see who the leaders of the peace conference were and what they wanted. There are images of destroyed cities. The main aims of the winners are listed. Wilson's suggestions are explained. Post war politics in Germany is explained and the role of communism. There is reference to the way in which the leaders drew the map of Europe anew. There is a map shown. There is an account of the main terms of the The Treaty of Versailles.
Bolero by Maurice Ravel
A melody repeated 18 times without change. The world's longest musical crescendo, this beautifully seductive piece was the love scene music in the 1979 film "10" with Bo Derek. The music for British figure skating duo Torvill and Dean's perfect gold medal performance at the 1984 Winter Olympics. This is a performance by the orchestra directed by the Dutch violinist and conductor Andre Rieu. (6:57)
While the American system of politics has generally been defined as a two-party system, occasionally a third party emerges, influencing elections and siphoning important votes from the major parties. Third parties often begin as single-issue parties that oppose or promote a certain social, economic, or political topic. For example, the Republican Party formed in the 1850’s as a third party in opposition to slavery. Similarly, in 2000, Ralph Nader formed the Green Party that focused on environm
Thomas Paine's "Common Sense"
As late as January 1776, months before American independence was declared, many colonists still pledged their loyalty to the Crown. These loyalists comprised a large segment of the population, including important leaders. They considered the colonies an extension of Great Britain and generally discarded the idea of becoming a self-governing country
While the president is limited to serving two terms in office, members of Congress can serve an unlimited number of terms. In the mid-nineteenth century, most congressional representatives served only a single term because at that time politics was not considered a career. However, by the mid-twentieth century, congressional representatives began to view holding congressional office as a prestigious career. (Video is narrated with slides and speeches.)
The Stamp Act
Video accompanied with text dealing with the Stamp Act. "The peace treaty that ended the French and Indian War in 1763 eliminated New France as a military threat to the British colonists, and marked the start of the march toward American independence. The war effort, and British Prime Minister William Pitt’s decision to retain large numbers of troops in the American colonies after the conflict, doubled Great Britain’s national debt.
In an effort to raise revenues, Parliament enforced
The Townshend Duties
History video for high school. "The repeal of the Stamp Act did not end Britain’s plan to tax the colonies. In 1767, Chancellor of the Exchequer Charles Townshend proposed enacting new customs duties on the most popular items imported by the colonies. Parliament approved The Townshend duties (also referred to as the Townshend Revenue Act), which taxed a wide variety of imports, including glass, lead, paints, paper, silk, and tea. Unlike the Stamp Act, the new levy was an indirect tax payable a