We’ve been on a quest for background knowledge these past few days so that we can start reading Animal Farm next week. Because I studied Russian and Soviet politics and economics rather seriously in college, this has been an exciting time for me. I LOVE HISTORY! YAY!
As much as I try to galvanize my students, not all of them seem to be quite as fascinated by Soviet history as I am. Today’s documentary, however, with its descriptions of Stalin’s various affronts to humanity, does seem to be helping. (See below.)
As a “special treat,” we’re watching a documentary on Stalin today. W00t. (I am writing in “real time” right now, sitting at my desk in my classroom.)
The documentary, produced in 1996, features a young Condi Rice as a preeminent scholar of Soviet history and politics…and most of my students seem to have no idea who she is. Womp, wooommmp.
They know who she is now!