Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Quick Russian history lesson

Another discovery by John Unruh-Friesen is this excellent three and a half minute summary of the 1991 coup attempt in Russia.


I think it's worth reminding students that 2 years after Yeltsin led the defense of the Russian "White House," troops loyal to Yeltsin attacked the same building when the legislature tried to take control of the government.

There is no narration in this film clip, but the video of army tanks firing on the headquarters of the Duma is dramatic.

Under what circumstances can you imagine the PLA firing on the Great Hall of the People? Or the British Army firing on Westminster?

The Sixth Edition of What You Need to Know is also available from the publisher HERE.

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