Russia & The USSR

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General Russia/USSR Resources

CIA Factbook page: Russian Federation
"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map."

Russian and Soviet History - Internet Resources
A comprehensive and well organized list of resources

Russian History (Bucknell)
One of the better American sites on Russian history

The Russo-Japanese War Society
The Russo-Japanese War Research Society has dedicated this site to the research and documentation of The Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905. Set in a newspaper format, the site provides a large ammount of information on the conflict as well as maps, charts, documents, a message board, and more.

The Face of Russia (PBS)
This informative PBS site attempts to answer the question: Who are the Russian People? There are lesson plans, links, a timeline, a glossary, a bibliography, a media index, and a chat forum.

President of Russia Web Site
The official website for the President of Russia translated into English. It makes photos, videos, transcripts, and documents available to the public.

The Moscow Times
The only English language newspaper for Russia

Russian Revolution

Red Flag (PBS)
Part of PBS's The People's Century television series, this site covers the Russian Revolution and its aftermath, providing text and audio interviews, a teacher's guide, and links to related sites.

Alexander Palace Time Machine
The Alexander Palace site covers the history of Alexander Palace and the Romanovs and includes biographies, diaries, letters, maps, and more.

Soviet Era

Soviet ArchivesExhibit (Library of Congress)
Site contains declassified Soviet documents from 1917 to 1991

2008 Russia Georgia Conflict

CIA Factbook page: Georgia
"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map."

Government of Georgia Web Site
The English version of the official web site for Georgia.

The Georgian Times
The English language paper for Georgia.

Russia Georgia Conflict News Articles

Posts of Topics tagged with South Ossetia
From the New York Times, a chronological listing of all articles having to do with the conflict in Georgia.

Ossetian crisis: Who started it?
BBC 2009 article about debates over who started the war

Peace Breaks Out in Georgia
2010 Newsweek article on peace between Russia and Georgia, especially looking towards Russia's 2014 winter games.

Russia Georgia Conflict Primary Sources

Official Policy Statements: Crisis in the Caucasus - 2008
Azerbaijan International is "an independent magazine published since 1993 and committed to the discussion of issues related to Azerbaijanis around the world." They host a collection of 12 primary source documents related to the Russia-Georgia conflict of 2008

Russia Recognizes the State Sovereignty of South Ossetia and Abkhazia
Official policy statements from President of Russia, Dmitri A. Medvedev, Aug 26, 2008

The Speech of Mikheil Saakashvili in the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Discussion of the ongoing crisis in the Caucasus.

Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia
Official European Union Inquiry about the the origins of the South Ossetia conflict. (File will download and open as a PDF.)

Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides, Activities, and more

Course Models: The Russian Revolution
Part of the California History-Social Science content standards and annotated course which include: background information, focus questions, pupil activities and handouts, assessment, and references to books, articles, web sites, literature, audio-video programs, and historic site. Grade 10.

The World's History: The Soviet Union and Japan, 1914-1997
The online guide to Howard Spodek's The World's History features quizzes (multiple-choice questions, true/false questions, interactive review questions), primary sources, maps, a bulletin board, a Live Chat,web links, and faculty resources for each chapter/topic.

Follow the Marx: Learning About Communism
In this New York Times lesson, students explore communism from historical and theoretical perspectives to present to fellow classmates at a teach-in.(September 9, 2002)

Western Civilization: States in Conflict
The online study companion to Margaret King's Western Civilization: A Social and Cultural History has many features: chapter learning objectives, online quizzes, writing activities, essay questions, web links, built-in search engines, and faculty modules that include PowerPoint outlines, presentation graphics, and lecture hints and activities

GCSE History Pages
Main features of this UK site include interactive tests and quizzes, revision tips, practice exam papers with mark-schemes for self assessment, revision notes and structured lessons. I

Russia/Georgia 2008 Conflict Lesson Plans

Conflict in Georgia Puts Focus on Tensions in the Caucasus
PBS NewsHour lesson plan and article on the South Ossetia conflict

ESL / EFL Lesson Plan on South Ossetia
Lesson plan from Breaking News English that summarizes the basic facts of the conflict in the article Georgia calls for ceasefire in South Ossetia, and provides a variety of activities to support reading and comprehension.

Investigating Central Asia Through Maps
From National Geographic, a lesson plan on central Asia geography.

Lesson plan on displaced people in the Commonwealth of Independent States
Designed for ages 15-18, this lesson uses maps to help students discover where people move when armed conflict erupts in their home lands.

 

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