Marie Antoinette film

1- Marie Antoinette is sometimes referred to as “The Teenage Queen”. What attitudes in the movie can show that?

She has a very inmature personality. She does not obey the rules, she cheats in King Louis XVI and she is asists to many parties and drinks like a teenanger. She does not behave like a queen.

2- After her first child is born she shows many changes in her attitude and lifestyle. How? Provide examples. Why do you think that happens?

When her first child was born she moved to the farm to teach many things of nature to her daughter. This shows a big change with maturity, but on the other hand she still goes to parties. It is as if she wants to give values to her daughter and to act as a grown up, but there is something in her personality that doesnt let her do it.

3- Some historians have often suggested that Marie Antoinette’s behaviour helped encourage agitation in the people at the beginning of the Revolution. Can you find any instances in the movie that confirm or deny this claim?

It was because she was always spending a lot of money in unnecessary things like jewelry, clothing, etc. There were many people suffering for hunger and she acted like nothing happened.

4- Towards the end of the movie, we see a more mature woman. How does she show she has somehow stopped being “The Teenage Queen”?

She starts to be more mature when her family is at risk due to the attack of Versailles. This is shown when she decides to disobey what her husband said, to leave with their sons.

This is very mature because she wants to stay by his side and support him.

Last history virtual period

Our teacher, Julia, asked us to do some research on the development of the railway network in Argentina (as influenced by the English) in the 1800.

Argentina had a foreign policy with Britain during the National Organization in which Argentina sold raw materials and animal breeding with the investment of Britain in our country in return. This investments included the set up of transport, communication and navigation.

In 1855 local capitals were invested in the Western Rail Company. The first railway line had a path from Parque Station to Flores. The opening of this line was in 1857.

After the inauguratuon of the Western Railway smaller companies opened. This include the Northern Railway of Buenos Aires, the Buenos Aires and Ensenada Railway, the East Argentine Railway or the Buenos Aires to Campana Line.

The investments of Britain were bigger than the locals. This were companies like the Central Argentine Railway Ltd. and the Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway Co. Ltd. The other railways were now consumed by the ones owned by Britain.

This services that Britain invested on Argentina, were very favorable to the country because the return consisted in loans with low interests. In 1948 Juan Domingo Perón, the president of Argentina, decided to nationalize the services and the country itself. He didn’t want to depend on the other countries any more, so he decided to buy everything. This didn’t only harm the economy of the country, but it also affected on the quality of the rail service.

To conclude, Britain was a big help for Argentina. This investment was a very big help because without it the transport in that moment would have been more difficult. Historians and local people analyse that this foreign policy was not convenient for Argentina, but in the end the setting up of the important services were an stimulate for the country.

French Revolution

We have been studying the French Revolution in history, and Julia, our history teacher asked us to follow this task for our virtual period:

To integrate the work we’ve been doing on the causes of the French Revolution, you have to draw a diagram relating all the long and short-term causes we studied. You should also rank them according to how important you think they were in the development of the revolution (you can do this in the same diagram or separately). Upload this  in your blogs by April, 28th.

Here´s mine!

The Outbreak of the Cold War

 

During our history class se started seeing the outbreak of the Cold War between Russia and the USA. Our teacher gave us a task to follow on the diferentes conferences after the War, and what were the causes of this War.

 

1.Why did the wartime alliances fell apart?

 

The main reason why wartime alliances fell apart was because their enemy in common, Germany, was defeated, and the countries had nothing to do with each other.  Also they had previous annoyances from the past. One of them was the anger that the USSR had with Britain and the USA because they wanted to destroy the Russian Revolution, and also the racism against the communists in the Red Scare. Also Stalin’s belief that they didn´t give all the help they could in WW2 forced this tense string of hatry. On the other hand Britain was

very angry because of the sign of the Nazi-Soviet Pact.

 

  1. What were the major differences between the superpowers?

 

The USA and the USSR were the superpowers after WW2. One of the main differences was that the USA was capitalist and that the USSR was communist. Another difference was the amount of losses in war time: the USA lost 297.000 soldiers and the USSR 20 million. The last but not least was what both countries wanted for Germany. On the one hand Stalin wanted to cripple her to protect the USSr against future attacks, and on the other hand the USA wanted to protect democracy and help Germany recover.

 

  1. The importance of the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences

 

The Yalta and the Potsdam conferences were very important because firstly they  would determine the future of Germany after her defeat.  Also, the aim of both conferences was to reestablish world peace among the countries and also the future of the countries that would be liberated.

 

  1. The roles of Stalin and Truman

Stalin was the leader of the USSR, he wanted to cripple Germany as harsh as possible. He was suspicious of the policy of Appeasement imposed by Britain and France and so he wanted a ‘buffer’ of friendly states to protect his country from any invasions.

Truman was the vice president which assumed as president when Roosevelt died in April, 1945. He intervened in the second conference: the Potsdam conference. This president was much more anti-communist than Roosevelt and so he was very cautious when taking decisions. Truman was determined on not making the same mistake of punishing Germany harshly as they had done after WW1 because they would recover and want revenge once again.

So both had completely different views and opinions and that is why they disagreed on most of the terms. We can say that the Potsdam conference was a failure compared to the Yalta conference.

Cartoon

For our history class we were assigned to make a cartoon with one of the options that our teacher gave. I chose “A Czcheck cartoon on the expectations of the communis regime.”

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On the one hand we have the weak country, Czechoslovakia, represented by a dove of hope and an anchor of communism. This shows that this poor country believed that communism could make a change in Czechoslovakia like it did in the USSR some years before.
On the other hand we have the USSR represented by an eye of power. This shows the control that this country had over the satellite countries due to its power and domination. There is also a symbol of growth in it that tries to reflect the growth and prosperity that communism makes.

Holocaust Museum

Last Friday we had the opportunity to go to the Holocaust Museum and learn a lot more about people in concentration camps.

We started our visit by watching a video of David Galante, a man who survived from a concentration camp after suffering a lot. The video was the introduction that encouraged us to see and understand the other sources that we saw later on.

I really liked the museum because I found it very interesting how our guide explained all the incredible stories of the Nazis.

Here are some pictures of my favourite parts.IMG_20151030_153806363 IMG_20151030_153802302 IMG_20151030_153757307IMG_20151030_154020820 IMG_20151030_153919708_HDR IMG_20151030_153902416