The Political Economy of the Cold War
At its heart the Cold War was a competition between two economic systems. Despite having in common a "military-industrial complex", they were profoundly different in the degree of freedom they offered their citizens, the living standards they were able to achieve and the pace of technological innovation they could sustain. In this first lecture, Niall Ferguson compares and contrasts the United States and the Soviet Union in the Cold War and asks how far the outcome of the Cold War was economical
Some Russia-related links
Over time I've accumulated a lot of Russia-related internet links. I'd like to share some of them with you. As I come across more worthy links I'll update this post. So, if you are interested, bookmark it!
1. The first pick is NY based authentic Russian clothing store. I am planning on ordering from them one of their cute aprons. Children's costumes are precious!
2. Pick #2 is a site
How to Secure a New Computer
The tutorial focuses on three main areas:
Updating your WIndows Software
Updating your Windows Software
Run Windows Automatic Updates before you do anything else on your new computer. This will go out to Microsoft and install any Windows updates that affect system security and stability.
Click the Windows (Start) button, then select Control Panel from the menu. (10:37)
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History of the Mac OS Part 4
Carbon is a main application environment in Mac OS X, a few example programs that are inside it are the Finder, Adobe software, and iTunes (as of Mac OS X 10.5). Carbon combines much of the old Mac OS API with some new stuff. Apple has been phasing Carbon out of the UI realm and it is now becoming the standard set of APIs for background and low level tasks. Cocoa is the primary environment of graphical applications in OS X.
This also starts to explain Apple's new move into the open
Computer Performance Part II
Some tips for keeping your Windows computer running faster.
Exploring Wisconsin Our Home-Maps: Our Windows on the World Maps: Our Windows on the World - Everyone uses maps on a daily basis. Simple mental maps help people find their way through the routine of daily life, while more complex maps assist people as they navigate through an infinite variety of new environments and tasks. In this program, students will become acquainted with the great variety of maps and will come to understand what maps are, how they work,
Maps: Our Windows on the World - Everyone uses maps on a daily basis. Simple mental maps help people find their way through the routine of daily life, while more complex maps assist people as they navigate through an infinite variety of new environments and tasks. In this program, students will become acquainted with the great variety of maps and will come to understand what maps are, how they work,
How to Prepare Your Office (School) for an Earthquake
You need to select the Microsoft Windows Media Viewer you wish and the video starts after a brief download. An important video for staff and families.
George Orwell's 1984 - 1
This video is about the novel, 1984 by George Orwell. It is a
novel written in 1948 depicting the future as the author
imagined it could be if the Soviet social trend went too
far. The video shows footage of the movie while discussing the novel.
War of The Century - Part 3
This third part of the video shows the way in which the Russians tried to gain time. Soviet prisoners were thousand and the German were not planning to get to any agreement. There is reference to Hitler's feelings towards the Jews. There is footage showing the way the Jews were treated from the very beginning. There are first witnesses' accounts of former soldiers who participated in Hitler's Youth and of Jewish people who survived. There is also reference to the elimination of soviet commissars
War of The Century - Part 4
This forth part of the documentary refers to the way in which the German treated their prisoners. There is footage and you can see also Stalin's political prisoners brutally killed. The video shows Hitler's visit to former soviet territory. He orders action. Soviet's defence tactics were primitive, poorly equipped and had no training but they would be stubborn enough so as not to surrender Kiev so easily. Leningrad was surrounded and Kiev in German's hands. There is footage of the battle and f
War of The Century - Part 5
This part of the documentary shows footage of the battlefield and there are former soldiers giving their account of the event. German captured millions of soviet soldiers. Then they moved to Moscow. The defence of the capital is explained. There were attempts at peace treaties but they were not signed. Stalin was about to leave Moscow but decided to stay and defend the capital at any cost, even taking actions against his own people.
War of The Century - Part 11
Part 11 of the documentary sums up how Stalin planned to attack the German invaders in Ukraine. He had demanded action but the result was a disaster. The Soviets outnumbered the German but they were not well equipped. The video then shows how the Soviet learnt to win. Hitler is shown on his trip to the east to congratulate his troops. There is an explanation of Hitler's operation Blue to try to get hold of Stalingrad. The Germans advanced successfully but the Red army had new tactics. Few Sovi
War of The Century - Part 12
This video shows the original German invasion plan and what they really did. The German needed to conquer Stalingrad to get control of the river Volga. There is footage of the bombardment on Stalingrad. Stalin know they could not lose this battle and people were not allowed to leave. There are accounts of survivors who were children at the time of the war. The Red army was pushed to the river and many drowned trying to reach the other bank. According to recently found evidence, about 1 million s
War of The Century - Part 13
This part of the documentary begins with former soldiers' accounts about the battle of Stalingrad. There is footage of the battle and an explanation of the way in which it developed. The prisoners were taken to be interrogated. There is a former woman soldier retelling her participation in the interrogations and the way in which she killed some of the prisoners. The video goes on to show Soviet industry production. There is reference to Stalin's' discussions on what to do to defeat the German. T
War of The Century - Part 14
This part of the documentary shows that the Red Army had a especial weapon. The especial tactics are explained. There are accounts of former Soviet and German soldiers retelling what they lived. Hitler's plans and Operation Winter Storm are explained. There is footage and there is reference to the difficulties the German army met. The video includes scenes of a 1942 German film that shows many real facts were hidden to the people.
War of The Century - Part 15
This part of the documentary shows the conditions in which the Soviet and German soldiers fought. There is footage, survivors' accounts and former soldiers retelling their most terrible memories. Many German leaders killed himself and some were taken prisoners. Hitler's opinion about the humiliation of being captured is shown. There are statistics of the number of deaths both in battle and in captivity.
War of The Century - Part 19
This part of the documentary begins with Stalin about to give a speech at the time he knew they were winning the war. You can hear the bell ringing to order everybody to stop clapping as nobody dared be the first to stop. There is also reference to German propaganda and the kind of media the German had access to. The situation was almost hopeless for the German by spring 1945. German pilots tried to stop the Red Army but were not successful. They took part in a suicide mission but they were de
War of The Century - Part 20
This last part of the documentary shows that even after the Red army was victorious some soldiers looked for revenge. There were war crimes committed and there are accounts of some former soviets retelling what they did. There is footage of the Soviet parade celebrating victory. There is reference to Stalin's attitude towards army leaders who were popular. Most of them had to suffer their popularity. Stalin's rule was harsh.
This video is accompanied by text. "Throughout much of World War II, the U.S. and the USSR were reluctant allies. Germany posed a significant threat to both countries and necessity dictated that they cooperate militarily. Germany had launched a brutal invasion into the Soviet Union that eventually caused the deaths of 20 million Soviets. The USSR begged the western Allies to attack the German army on its western front. The U.S. and England were under-resourced and unwilling to launch a costly at
Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan
This video is accompanied by text. "As the perceived threat from the Soviet Union continued to grow, the West became desperate to stop the spread of communism. After WWII, the communist community grew quickly in many parts of war-ravaged Europe. England was desperately trying to stop the spread of European communism in key countries, one of which was Greece. A fear shared by the U.S. and Britain was that if Greece became communist, so would Turkey, and the Soviets would control the eastern Medit