The second half of the unit was spent on studying modern day revolutions, and what has changed compared to historic ones. The main thing we that we found was interesting is the change in media. We have been tracking the revolution going on in the Ukraine today, and it seems to be fitting perfectly with our unit. We closed out the unit with the main question: what makes a revolution successful? After long discussions, we each made these projects as a guide of how to actually have a successful revolution.
Over the course of the unite, we were learning about Revolutions, and how they affect the community. While some of the revolutions we were studying took place centuries ago, most of the ones are actually happening right now. We have read timelines and articles about the tension rising from the impact of the revolution. We have learned that some people are afraid of what might happen if this chaos does not stop.
For My research, I studied about how revolutions start. What is the first thing that happens to cause a revolution to take place? For example, the Arab Spring revolution started because the government was acting selfish and decided to take away the rights that men, women and children deserve. As a result, the people have no choice but to start protesting and gathering angry mobs and holding up signs. However, this also leads to violence, abuse, and even murder.
In our we learn much about the different protest happening now and in the past. A were able to see the progression of a revolution happen right in front of us due to there being a revolt in Ukraine, this gave us a very vivid image of how a these things are dealt with today. We also looked through a book called ‘198 Methods of Nonviolent Action’ which discusses different forms of protest very specifically.
Throughout my project I studied the changes throughout history of the treatment of the protestors and if they were treated any better throughout history. I mainly look at the Revolutionary war and the civil rights movement since they represent very different views of how protests should be handled. Once I had compared them all to this time I noticed extreme changes in violence towards protesters as time became more recent. Now I understand the issues and risk of a protest in those separate times.
- http://alphahistory.com/frenchrevolution/french-revolution-quotations/ Quotes from french revolution
- http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/haitian-revolution Quotes about the Haitian Revolution
- http://listverse.com/2010/10/04/top-10-revolutions-felt-around-the-world/ The top ten revolutions felt around the world
- http://socialmediatoday.com/tomcaper/1492101/why-your-social-media-revolution-should-come-top Modern Day Social Media Revolution
- http://www.psmag.com/navigation/politics-and-law/the-cascading-effects-of-the-arab-spring-28575/ The Arab Spring Cascading Effect
- http://www.policymic.com/articles/10642/twitter-revolution-how-the-arab-spring-was-helped-by-social-media Twitter Revolution (Arab Spring)
- https://twitter.com/RevolutionSyria #SyrianRevolution
- http://en.qantara.de/content/symbols-and-slogans-arab-spring Symbols and slogans of Arabic Spring
For this unit on the study of revolutions I decided to try my hand at animating a rough presentation to go along with my voice over. The focus of the topic relied heavily on the impact of revolutions throughout history, from the French and Haitian to the more recent Arab spring. I have been pursuing studying the effects of activism versus pacifism since we completed a study of civil rights last year. That class garnered my interest in the rivaled works of MLK and Malcolm X. That interest permeates through my presentation and remains the backbone for my other research.
“The overthrow of the dictator Milosevic in Serbia represents a truly interesting case for students of revolution, in that it happened so genuinely peaceful and popular. In a sense it represents what today within revolution studies are called the “new revolutions” (started by the revolutions in Nicaragua and Iran but made clear for everyone during the 1989/1990 wave of revolutions in Eastern Europe and Soviet Union). The film “Bringing Down a Dictator” is a documentary that describes the whole process (more info about how to get it here). I think we all have something to learn from the Serbian experience.”
“ If there was a Martin Luther King Jr., there had to be a Malcolm X. Martin Luther King, history remembers. Malcolm X, history tries to forget. But each man in his own way dominated the times in which he lived. . .”
“It was a marvelous thing to see the amazing results of a non-violent campaign. The aftermath of hatred and bitterness that usually follows a violent campaign was found nowhere in India...”
Protesters storm Tahrir square
“Tunisia's revolution was sparked by the death of a young street vendor, Mohammed Bouazizi, in December. In an act of desperation which sparked unrest in several other Arab countries in the region, Bouazizi set fire to himself after officials stopped him selling vegetables without permission.”
I chose to focus on the success of nonviolent revolutions. In the past, and still now, many people believe that violence is effective. I wanted to show people that the peaceful movements are more beneficial. I conducted my research by learning about past revolutions, and also focusing on current ones. Revolutions are inevitable, and it’s very helpful to know how to succeed in them.
Personally I've taken a lot from this unit. It's very fun and interesting to be able to learn about the events that lead into a new beginning. Revolutions throughout history have occurred in only a few days, and a new nation was born. We as people take notes from each other, even if we are separated by oceans, in how to make the world a better place. The Occupy Wall St. Movement was the most influential protest-type movement in my opinion. It stretched across the entire world and infected every country and place. Revolutions, as seen from the current events in Ukraine and around the world bring us together.
This unit we learned all about revolutions. Half of our unit was more so about historical revolutions. We researched and role-played about the French Revolution and how it started and the opinions of people in it. Through this research we figured out what a revolution is made up of and what needs to happen to keep it going. Our class also learned about the Haitian Revolution and what it had to do to with the French Revolution.
The second half of our unit was surrounding a lot of movements going on right now in the Middle East. Since we learned about revolutions in different time periods, we also investigated how certain aspects of revolutions have changed and might have been made easier or harder to accomplish.
My project is about the Cuban and Egyptian revolution. I centered the project on the pro's and con's of revolutions. My question for the Cuban revolution is how a revolution can benefit the people and my question for the Egyptian revolution is how it can harm them. I found some very interesting and it was an overall controversial topic. I found that many people had different opinions as to how revolutions can harm and help people.
We were lucky that during our revolution unit there is a revolution occurring in Ukraine. I became interested in studying social media's impact on revolutions when I met a girl through tumblr, a social media platform. There was a post going around that mentioned the conditions in her country and a lot of people saw this post, spreading information about a topic that many people didn't know about - myself included. When we were given this project I decided on social media because I knew there was an impact. I looked further into this on tumblr and found many people who were sharing their feelings on the Ukrainian Revolution, Euro Maiden. Now I was certain there was an impact of social media on revolutions and the way ideas spread.