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Materials are organized by Country/Region. Click on a title for more information.
Afghanistan |Albania | Armenia | Azerbaijan | Balkans |Baltics | Belarus |
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of | Bulgaria | Caucasus | Central Asia |
Croatia, Republic of | Czech Republic | Eastern Europe | Estonia |
(Former) East Germany | Finland | Georgia | Hungary | Latvia | Lithuania |
Kosovo | Kyrgyzstan | Macedonia, Former Yugoslavian Republic of | Moldova |
Mongolia | Poland | Romania | Russia | Serbia and Montenegro | Slovakia |
Slovenia, Republic of | (Former) Soviet Union | Tajikistan | Turkey |
Turkmenistan | Ukraine | United States and REECAS Countries |
Uzbekistan | (Former) Yugoslavia
(Alphabetical by Title)
This list of Teaching Resources, Study Guides, Readers, Juvenile Literature and Visual Aids are located in 203B Thomson Hall (the Ellison Center). Checkout Information: There is a TWO-WEEK checkout period (which may be extended with permission from the Program Secretary or the Outreach Coordinator/Assistant Director). Visual aids, handouts, and some DVDs must be checkout from the Outreach Coordinator.
Afghanistan in a Nutshell
(Grades 6-12) 2001 59 p. Softcover
By Amanda Roraback. Afghanistan in a Nutshell is the first in a series of booklets offering simple and comprehensive outlines of worldwide events and people. In the same spirit as Cliffs Notes© (no affiliation) the 32-page booklet and all other Nutshell Notes books open with a list of People and Policies, the situation “in a nutshell,” and pertinent background information. Afghanistan in a Nutshell includes chapters on the Taliban, Islam, Osama bin Laden and Afghanistan’s foreign relations (with Pakistan, Iran and the United States) and answers some of the basic questions about terrorism, opium, Afghan women, oil, art and al-Qaeda.
Along the Silk Road: People, Interaction & Cultural Exchange
(Grades 6-10) 1993 187 p. Curriculum Unit 37 min - VHS videotape
A social studies unit produced by The China Project and The Stanford University Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). In this multimedia kit, an activity book provides rich material on this East-West conduit with special emphasis on the exploits of Zhang Qian, Xuan Zang, and Marco Polo. The video uses maps, still images, and narration to re-create the journey between Xian and Kashgar - across steppes, the Gobi, the Taklamakan, and over the icy Pamir mountains. An adaptation of the popular cross-cultural simulation Heelotia is also included. This unit (spiral bound notebook) contains many illustrations and maps.
Anthology of Russian Literature from Earliest Writings to Modern Fiction
(Grades HS-College) 2005 587 p. Softcover Companion CD
By Nicholas Rzhevsky. "This is an excellent anthology that can serve as the basis for a variety of college courses on Russian Literature and culture, and as a splendid introduction to these subjects for a general reader. A highly original and appealing feature of the collection is that the works in it were selected because of their varied resonances in Russian culture, including adaptations and translations into other artistic forms such as opera, theater and film. Professor Rzhevsky traces these and other links in a series of concise and illuminating essays and provides references that would allow the motivated reader or instructor to pursue connections throughout Russian culture from the earliest period to the present day. The illustrations echo the anthology's focus on an 'inter-representational' history of Russian culture." -- Vladimir Alexandrov, Yale University. Published by M.E. Sharpe.
Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse 1970-2000 (Grades College) 2001 245 p. Hardcover
"Stephen Kotkin's Armageddon Averted brilliantly demolishes many unfounded myths that have emerged regarding the Soviet collapse and Russia's attempt to create a market economy. It [is a] must for anyone confused about what is going on in Russia today." -- Jack Matlock, Jr., Institute for Advanced Study. Published by Oxford University Press.
Armenian Genocide: Annihilation of the Armenian Population of the Ottoman Empire 1915-1923
(Grades 9-12) 1991 12 p. Teacher's guide 25 min - VHS videotape
Linking contemporary human rights violations with the first genocide of modern times, this thought-provoking documentary raises questions about ethnic and racial discrimination and illuminates, through one example, how oppression can escalate to the level of atrocity. The 1991 program outlines the 3000-year Armenian heritage, Turkish invasions and subjugation, the diminishing Ottoman Empire in which Armenians experienced increased persecutions, and the rise of extreme Turkish nationalists who systematically exterminated 1.5 million Armenians. Archival footage and photographs, interviews with survivors and descendants, maps, press clippings, and location footage document death marches, beheadings, starvation, mass burnings and drownings, forced conversions, deportations, and the annihilation of Armenians from their ancient homeland. Teacher's guide contains background, review questions, extension activities, and an annotated bibliography. (Note: some graphic images.)
Armenia: Then and Now Series
(Grades 6-12) 1993 56 p. Hardcover
Prepared by the Geography Dept. of Lerner Publications Co., this series covers the republics that have emerged from the former Soviet Union. To provide the most accurate, timely, and comprehensive information, photographs, maps, and charts, Lerner enlisted the help of dozens of researchers, writers, and photographers. Included in the series REECAS also owns the following: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Color photographs.
Art Treasures of the Moscow Kremlin
(Grades 7-Adult) 1988 120 p. Oversized Hardcover
(Moscow: Planeta & Zagreb: August Cesare). Full color photographs of the Moscow Kremlin (interior & exterior) and the artworks housed within. The photographs (with English descriptions) of the complex of buildings known as the Kremlin include: Great Kremlin Palace, Cathedral of the Dormition, State Armory Chamber, Cathedral of the Annunciation, Patriarch’s Palace, Church of the Deposition of the Holy Robe the Cathedral of the Archangel, Bell-Tower of Ivan the Great and the belfry. Introduction text in Russian.
(Grades 5–9) 1998 CD ROM 99 p. Teachers’ Guide
Edited by David Dockterman, (Tom Synder Productions). An Asian scavenger hunt for the entire class. From Israel to Indonesia, students sharpen their location skills on Asian countries (including new nations in Central Asia) while studying the distribution of resources and transportation routes in this vast region. Includes a comprehensive teacher's guide, maps, and reproducible worksheets.
At the Abyss: An Insider’s History of the Cold War
(Teaching Resource) 2004 368 p. Hardcover
By Thomas C. Reed (NY: Ballantine). “The Cold War . . . was a fight to the death,” notes Reed, “fought with bayonets, napalm, and high-tech weaponry of every sort—save one. It was not fought with nuclear weapons.” With global powers now engaged in cataclysmic encounters, there is no more important time for this essential, epic account of the past half century, the tense years when the world trembled At the Abyss. Written by an author who rose from military officer to administration insider, this is a vivid, unvarnished view of America’s fight against Communism, from the end of WWII to the closing of the Strategic Air Command, a work as full of human interest as history, rich characters as bloody conflict.
Atlas of Russian History
(Grades 6-12) 2002 216 p. Softcover
By Martin Gilbert. From early Slavic settlements to the establishment of the CIS, nearly 170 detailed maps survey Russian history from 800 BCE to the late 20th century. Arranged into four broad chronological categories (ancient and early modern Russia, imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, the end of the Soviet Union), maps cover topics such as war and conflict, political developments, economics and trade, territorial changes, and society and culture. All maps include legends to symbols along with explanatory text; some maps also offer brief quotes from primary sources.
Azerbaijan: Then and Now Series
(Grades 6-12) 1993 56 p. Hardcover
Prepared by the Geography Dept. of Lerner Publications Co., this series covers the republics that have emerged from the former Soviet Union. To provide the most accurate, timely, and comprehensive information, photographs, maps, and charts, Lerner enlisted the help of dozens of researchers, writers, and photographers. Included in the series REECAS also owns the following: Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Color photographs.
Babushka Baba Yaga
(Grades K - 3) 1993 32 p. Softcover (Juvenile Literature)
By Patricia Polacco, (NY: Paperstar, Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers). Baba Yaga is a witch famous throughout Russia for eating children, but this Babushka Baba Yaga is a lonely old woman who just wants a grandchild to love. “Kids will respond to the joyful story of the outsider who gets to join in, and Polacco’s richly patterned paintings of Russian peasant life on the edge of the woods are full of light and color.” - Booklist. A Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year.
Balkans: Ethnic Conflict
(Grades 7 - 12) 2000 17 p. Study Guide (plus documents) Over-sized red /black Folder
From scenes of the 16th-century Battle of Kosovo to the Dayton Accords map dividing Bosnia-Herzegovina, this insightful collection reproduces documents demonstrating the tangled historical and political background of the Balkans. In addition to the 14 historical reproductions, the kit contains a chronology and five broadsheets explaining the history of the Balkans and exploring the issues of nationalism and ethnic cleansing. A study guide with reproducible handouts encourages active learning.
Baltics in the 21st Century
(Teaching Resource) 2004 51 min - DVD
Produced by: University of Washington. Three Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, are poised to enter the European Union and the NATO Alliance in 2004. In this program, a panel of four leading scholars in Baltic studies was invited to project political, economic, social, and cultural developments in the region. Speakers: Toivo U. Raun, Indiana University, Walter C. Clemens, Boston University Juris Dreifelds, Brock University, Saulius Suziedelis, Millersville University. See program coordinator for checkout.
Battle of Tsushima
(Grades 6-12) 1995 30 min - VHS
(Part of History’s Turning Points series). Unfurls the story of the Russo-Japanese War and the brilliant strategist, Admiral Togo. In 1904, he fused Japanese bushido (the way of the warrior) with Admiral Nelson's policy of annihilating the enemy to outmaneuver and destroy the Russian Baltic fleet. Clearing the way for Japanese expansion, this victory is shown to be a turning point for Asians by debunking the myth of invincible white supremacy.
Before the Revolution: Russia and Its people under the Czar
(Teaching Resource) 1978 205 p. Hardcover
By Kyril FitzLyon and Tatiana Browning. (NY: Overlook Press). Before the Revolution gives a fascinating account of life in Russia under the last czar. FitzLyon and Browning have collaborated on a pictorial volume evoking this not-so-distant past, Czarist Russia, before it disappeared forever in the Revolution. 300 black and white photographs.
Belarus: Then and Now Series
(Grades 6-12) 1993 56 p. Hardcover
Prepared by the Geography Dept. of Lerner Publications Co., this series covers the republics that have emerged from the former Soviet Union. To provide the most accurate, timely, and comprehensive information, photographs, maps, and charts, Lerner enlisted the help of dozens of researchers, writers, and photographers. Included in the series REECAS also owns the following: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
Big Book of Russian Activities
(Grades 4-8) 2000 32 p. Oversized paperback
The detachable, reusable 11" x 17" pages can be folded in half for photocopying onto standard paper. Packed with patterns that will get crafts activities started. The hands-on projects are carefully spelled out with materials lists, diagrams, step-by-step directions, and photographs of the finished products. The suggested materials are inexpensive, easily accessible, and often recycled. The artifacts students will create have been researched for historical accuracy. Each book also features three double-sized (17" x 22") posters and thematic patterns for bulletin board borders.
(Grades 7-9) 1988 112 p. Hardcover
Ina L. Navazelskis, (NY: Chelsea House). From the World Leaders Past and Present series, this biography written for young adults focuses on Brezhnev's rise to political power and his actions as a world leader. Black and white photographs. In this series REECAS also owns, Peter the Great, Vladimir Lenin, and Boris Yeltsin.
Bridge Generation: Complexities, Issues & Perspectives of Youth in Poland
(Teaching Resource) 2005 236 p. Softcover
By Ireneusz Bialecki, et. al. The youth in Poland has been shaped after 1989 in new social, political and economic reality. Experience of the totalitarian system and martial law were known to them only as historical facts and memories of older people. The young Poles have had freedom of political choice and opinion, participated in the free market and Poland’s opening to Europe and the world. This volume presents analyses of their situation by Poland’s most eminent researchers of youth and educational issues that are concerned with inequality mechanisms, differentiation of life, youth in public life, and education.
Brief History of Armenia
(Teaching Resource) 1974 134 p. Paperback
Rev. Sarkis Papajian, (Fresno, CA: Mid-Cal). A brief history of the Armenian people including a chronological history; national identity; Armenia under rule (Persia, Russia, Turkey); Armenian politics; migrations; religion; and cultural heritage; written for non-scholars. Black and white photographs and maps.
Brief History of Slovenia
(Teaching Resource) 1996 133 p. Paperback
Janko Prunk, (Ljubljana: Zalozba Grad). Chapters include: Ancestors of the present day Slovenes; Birth of the Slovene Nation; Striving for a United Slovenia within the the Hapsburg Monarchy; The Slovenes in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia; The Slovenes in WWII and in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; and Disintegration processes in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the establishment of the independent Republic of Slovenia.
Building a Democratic Nation
(Grades 7-12) 2001 47 p. Pamphlet; 20 p. Teacher's Guide
Developed by Amy E. Tarasovic and Charles R. Sass, this material examines the process and progress of democratic government from ancient Greece and Rome through the beginning of the twenty-first century. In two parts: Part I What is Democracy? Explores the growth and spread of democratic principles throughout the Western world, with particular emphasis on the American experience. These pages explain the fundamental principles and tenets of democratic rule and the ways in which modern democracies differ from one another. Part II Democracy 2000 uses a case study method to explore four countries (Russia, Venezuela, Uganda, Thailand) - with differing geographical locations, economic climates and histories - currently shifting to more democratic forms of government. The book seeks to help readers understand the complexity that underlies "democratization" and to make them aware of the various ways in which the nations of the world are undertaking the challenge.
Bulgaria: In Pictures
(Grades 7-12) 1994 64 p. Hardcover
Visual Geography Series, (Minneapolis, Lerner Co). This series introduces the young adult to the people (their history, economy and government) and the land of Bulgaria. Black and white and color photographs and maps. In this series REECAS also owns Hungary (1993), and the Soviet Union (1989).
Canada and the World - Backgrounder: Eastern Europe
(Grades 7-12) 1994 31 p. Journal Vol. 60, No. 1.
The Canada and The World - Backgrounder was published as a teaching resource (to accompany each Backgrounder book.) This issue (Eastern Europe) has articles on how the fall of communism has affected: the reunification of Germany; crime and the environment in Eastern Europe; political and economic reform; and the Velvet Revolution in the Czech and Slovak Republics.
Cambridge Encyclopedia of Russia and The Former Soviet Union
(Teaching Resource) 1994 604 p. Oversized hardcover
Archie Brown, Michael Kaser and Gerald S. Smith, eds. (Cambridge University Press) Color illustrations and photographs, 604p. This encyclopedia is thematically arranged to provide a structured introduction to the subject and it contains comprehensive coverage of geography, peoples, history, politics, international relations, economy, literature and the arts. It includes 132 expert contributors, 52 color maps and charts, over 600 photographs and many reference tables, information panels, further reading guides and a glossary.
Caspian Sea Basin Security Conference
(Teaching Resource) 2003 151 p. Spiral Bound
Speakers and discussants examined how local Caspian governments view their own security interests. One panel explored how US security interests in the region may be transforming military-to-military relationships, the war against terrorism, and the efforts to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in central Asia. Sponsored by the US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute (Carlisle, PA), The National Bureau of Asian Research (Seattle, WA), The Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Center at the Jackson School (University of Washington, Seattle, WA), and The Pacific Northwest Center for Global Security (Seattle, WA). The conference was held on April 29 – 30, 2003, at the University of Washington, Waterfront Activities Center. Includes 10 papers on three panels:
Panel 1: Regional Perspectives on Military and Economic Security:
Panel 2: Strategic Security and Military-Economic Dynamics in the Region:
Panel 3: US Influence and Central Asia’s Strategic Transformation
Centennial of Bosniaks in America
(Teaching Resource) 2006 258 p. Oversized hardcover
Written and edited by Senad Agic, Published by Bosnian America Cultural Association, The Islamic Association of Bosniaks in North America (Chicago, IL). Essays on the history of Bosniaks in North America, the Bosniak language, Islam in the New World, Bosniak Journalism, and the Bosniak Diaspora. Written in both English and Bosniak. Preface by Dr. Mustafa Ceric, Reisu-l-ulema.
Central Asia: Islamic Diversity from the Mongols to the Present
(High School - College) 2003 57 p. Teachers Guide 203 min - VHS (3 videotapes, w/5 lectures)
Compiled by P. Kachurin and M. Giles at the National Resource Center for Russian, East European & Central Asian Studies - Harvard University. This curricular unit contains a timeline for Central Asian History & Politics; a Central Asia map and country profiles as well as:
Summary reviews of 5 lectures (w/ speaker bios):
Inner Eurasia as Unit of World History - by D. Christian
This essay is useful for teachers of World History who want to incorporate the study of Central Asia in particular and Inner Eurasia in general;
Central Asia as Part of the Modern Islamic World - by J. Voll
This essay relates Islam in Central Asia with Islam in the rest of the Muslim world - and shows its distinct nature, determined by Central Asia's unique history;
Description of Hindustan
Taken from the memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor - these excepts demonstrate Babur's fascination with nature description and historical details.
Central Asian States: Former Soviet Republics
(Grades 7-12) 2001 128 p. Hardcover
Cherese Cartlidge and Charles Clark (San Diego, CA: Lucent Books). Beginning with the Silk Road, and continuing through the fall of the Soviet Union and creation of independent states, this text provides a resource for researching modern nations in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.) It includes a detailed chronology, index, national statistics, and annotated bibliography. Black and white photographs.
Central Asian Stories
(Juvenile Literature) 1986 167 p. White 3-ring binder
A collection of 8 short stories from an unknown book. (Raduga Publishers.) Story titles include: Three Brothers; Which was the Biggest; Clever Ashik; The Padishah's Daughter and the Young Slave; Yarty-Gulok; A Mountain of Gems; A Brought Dream; and The Greedy Kazi. An epilogue very briefly describes Central Asian oral and written literature.
Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard - Innovator of Modern Drama
(Grades HS - College) 1968 22 min - VHS
Analyzes Chekhov's use of characterization and plot in The Cherry Orchard. Norris Houghton examines the play's dramatic devices and shows how the characters reveal Chekhov's attitudes toward life and the political and social currents of the time.
Chernobyl: 20 Years – 20 Lives
(Teaching Resource) 2006 215 p Softcover
By Mads Eskesen (Denmark: Informations Forlag with World Information Service on Energy). Chernobyl, 20 Years - 20 Lives is a photo documentary journey through the lives of 20 people whose lives were forever altered by the devastating nuclear explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26th, 1986. The whole world was shaken when the news about the nuclear catastrophe in Chernobyl, Ukraine, on the border between Ukraine, Belorussia and Russia were heard 20 years ago. In an attempt to understand the implications of the catastrophe on mankind, Eskesen travelled in the affected regions, made interviews and took pictures of the everyday life. These trips have resulted in 20 moving stories about human destinies that have been radically changed by the accident. The images offer an insight into the fate of a few of the victims of Chernobyl and reveal some of the impacts of the continuing catastrophe. An exhibition is available for checkout as well – see Traveling Exhibitions (at the end of this document). To view the exhibition see: http://www.20years20lives.info/20years/.
Children’s Traditional Games: Games from 137 Countries and Cultures
(Grades 2 - 7) 1995 232 p. Softcover
Judy Sierra and Robert Kaminski (Oryx Press). This book was intended for teachers and group leaders looking for games for children to play in the classroom and at multicultural festivals; and students seeking cultural material to include in reports on countries. These games are ideal for the study of cultural traditions and they form a part of the living folklore of children. This book provides step by step lesson plans in which students compare and contrast games and collect games from family, friends and community members. Includes a games treasury by country.
Choices for the 21st Century
(Grades 9 - 12) 1993 - 2003 3 Teaching Resources Guides (25 to 35 p. each) 3 Student Readers (46 to 58 p. each) White 3-ring binder
This is part of a continuing series on current and historical international issues published by the Choices for the 21st Century Education Program at Brown University. Choices materials place special emphasis on the importance of educating students in their participatory role as citizens. This material engages students in the soul-searching redefinition of Russia's identity by asking them to view Moscow's economic, political and foreign policy choices through Russia's eyes. This program includes 3 units:
- After the Cold War: The U.S. Role in Europe's Transition (1993) -- Teacher's Resource Book (10 day lesson plan), 35 p., and Student Reader with maps, political cartoons, 46 p. (2 pamphlets)
- Charting Russia's Future in the Post-Soviet Era (2002) -- Teacher's Resource Book (5 day lesson plan), 32 p., and Student Reader with maps, political cartoons, 58 p. (2 pamphlets)
- Russia's Uncertain Transition: Challenges for U.S. Policy (2003) -- Teacher's Resource Book (5 day lesson plan), 25 p. and Student Reader with map, political cartoons, 54 p. (2 pamphlets)
Choices in International Conflict: With a Focus on Security Issues in Asia
(Grades 11-Adult) 1998 191 p. White 3-ring binder
Developed by Gregory Francis and Gary Mukai. Produced by the Asia/Pacific Project, Stanford University Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), this set of six interactive lesson plans allows students to learn how world leaders make decisions that affect international relations.
Christmas in Russia
(All Ages) 1993 80 p. Hardcover
(Lincolnwood, IL: Passport books). History of this holiday including Christmas in Old Russia, the Mummer's Holiday (War & Peace), Christmas in the Soviet Period, the legend of the Snow Maiden, and Christmas in the Russian Renaissance. The book includes favorite recipes, crafts, and carols.
CIS and Eastern Europe On-File
(Grades 9 - Adult) 1993 288 p. Blue 3-ring binder
(NY: Facts on File). Accurate information on 27 countries-the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (former USSR) and the former Eastern Bloc nations. With reproducible pages on durable card stock, the book uses physical and political maps, fact sheets, timelines, and tables of demographic/economic data to cover each country's history, geography, and current status. All maps are finely featured with clear markings and easy-to-read legends. A special section deals with problems common throughout the region-ethnic strife, pollution, refugees, civil wars, nuclear disarmament. All maps and charts have been especially designed for photocopying. Includes the division of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Collapse of a Multinational State: The Case of Yugoslavia
(Grades 9 - Adult) 1994 90 p. Spiral Bound Paper 10 Slides
A curriculum unit for history and social studies produced by the Stanford University Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). The history of Yugoslavia becomes a case study in nationalism - in the dynamics that bind a multiethnic society together and the forces that tear that society apart. Through Reader's Theatre, students explore the nationalist motivations behind the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Also, based on slides and on reproducible political cartoons, maps, and readings, students become involved in Yugoslavia's history through verbal and written discussions, map exercises, writing and performing their own skits and speeches, and drawing their own political cartoons. This unit contains three lessons. REECAS owns 2 copies.
- Europe, Yugoslavia, and Nationalism: An Introduction
- The Road to Sarajevo
- The One and the Many: Unity and Diversity in a Multinational State
Collective Legacy: A Teacher's Guide to Eastern Europe
(Grades 9-12) 1992 34 p. Pamphlet
Developed by Adrian Chan and the Stanford University Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) for The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), this unit for world history, geography, economics and social studies teachers reflects on what was going on in Central and Eastern Europe in 1991-1992 (and the past as well.) Included in the unit are resources, lesson plans, activity suggestions, handouts, a chronology, and glossary.
Color It Ukrainian
(Grades 1-4) 1980 64 p. Paperback
Ingert Kuzych-Berezovsky (Ann Arbor, MI: Edward Brothers). A coloring book in Ukrainian and English which includes the alphabet, pronunciation guide and vocabulary appendices. Black and white illustrations.
Common People, Uncommon Strength: Teaching the Rest of the Story: Events of the Common People of Russia
(Grades 5-12) 1998 68 p. White 3-ring binder
Produced by the Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Kansas, this curricular unit focuses on the history of the Russian narod, or common people. In three sections, this unit covers the Medieval (862-1696), the Imperial (1600-1900) and the Soviet (1917-1991) periods in Russian history. (2 copies in the binder)
Commonwealth of Independent States
(Grades 7 -12) 1992 64 p. Hardcover
Mary Jane Berends Clark, (Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press). This book deals with the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, current happenings in the CIS, and what is in store in the future for the fifteen newly independent republics. Black and white and color photographs.
Confronting Genocide: Never Again?
(Grades 9-12) 2003 59 p. Softcover with Teacher Resource Book
Students role-play senators advocating policy options in response to genocide in this self-contained five-day unit. Phases: (1) define genocide, (2) study five 20th-century genocides (emphasis on Armenia), (3) debate four policy options, and (4) design "Option Five," each student's own personal ideal solution, and apply it to three hypothetical cases. A reproducible student book supplies readings, and a teacher's guide offers day-to-day plans, reproducible activity sheets, and assessment tools.
Contested Arctic: Indigenous Peoples, Industrial States, and the Circumpolar Environment
(Teaching Resource) 1997
Edited by Eric Alden Smith and Joan McCarter. Preface by Kurt Engelmann. (Seattle: University of Washington Press with REECAS Center.) This volume explores some of the major threats to the Arctic environment and indigenous peoples responses to these threats. Case studies discuss the push for oil and gas development in Canada, Alaska, and Russia; the toxic legacy of the former Soviet Union; land tenure conflicts in Russia; and wildlife management in Canada and Scandinavia.
(Grades 6-12) 1998 111 p. Hardcover
Deborah Bachrach, (San Diego: Lucent Books). A quarter century of slaughter, involving England, France, Russia, Sardinia, and Turkey, accomplishes nothing. Each book in this collection supplements a clearly written overview with straight-from-life anecdotes taken from primary sources and insightful perspectives quoted from authoritative secondary sources. Short chapters, plentiful black-and-white photographs, maps, and fascinating sidebars deftly draw in even the reluctant reader. Indexes. Chronologies. Source notes. Suggested readings.
Crisis in Kosovo
(Grades 6-12) 1999 12 p. Guide with 15 min Video
Providing helpful historical background, this video briefly explains how Yugoslavia once stable under Tito fractured into the states of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and the dominant Serbia. Students are led to research and discuss such questions as: Was NATO right to bomb Serbia, or did bombing do more harm than good? What will be the long-term effects of NATO’s action? Why did the United States stand aside when ethnic killings occurred in places like Rwanda and East Timor? Is the KLA equally guilty of atrocities? Is it reasonable to compare Milosevic with Hitler? Includes an 11"h x 17"w poster and a 12-page guide with reproducible worksheets.
Culture Shock! Ukraine: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette
(Teaching Resource) 2000 280 p. Paperback
Meredith Dalton, (Portland, OR: Graphic Arts Center Publ.). Dalton guides the reader through the minefield of sensitivities that characterize a country in transition, in the process sharing with you the observations of expatriates in a variety of situations (at work, socially, learning the language, appreciating Ukrainian humor, setting up home, avoiding the scams in personal and business transactions.) She speaks intimately of the foreigners who make it here, and of those who fail. This is the book for all those who accept the challenge of living and working in Ukraine.
Czech Republic – In a Nutshell
(Teaching Resource) 2004 34 p. Pamphlet
Published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (Prague, 2004). Provides map of the Czech Republic, popular tourist attractions in Prague as well as in various regions of the republic. Also highlights important historical and international events, prominent personalities, traditional Czech brands and investment trends and opportunities in the Czech Republic.
Democratic Process: Promises and Challenges
(Grades 7-12) 2003 245 p. Softcover
A resource guide containing essays and lessons produced for the Democracy Education Exchange Project intended to update already available materials used for teaching about democracy.
(Russian Reader) 1974 57 p. Pamphlet
Abridged and annotated by Clair Walker (Baltimore: Russian Packet). This text is designed for students who have read Domik na Bolote. It is an abridgement of the original, consisting of excerpts from the Russian text (brought from Tashkent where it was being used as a reader for Uzbeks studying Russian.) This reader provides basic grammar, numerals and vocabulary., illustrated.
Dust of the Empire: The Race for Mastery in the Asian Heartland
(Teaching Resource) 2003 252 p. Hardcover
Karl E Meyer (NY: BBS PublicAffairs). In The Dust of Empire, Meyer examines the present and past of the Asian heartland in a book that blends scholarship with reportage, providing fascinating detail about regions and peoples now of urgent concern to America: the five Central Asian republics, the Caspian and the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and long-dominant Russia. He provides the context for America's war on terrorism, for Washington's search for friends and allies in an Islamic world rife with extremism, and for the new politics of pipelines and human rights in an area richer in the former than the latter. He offers a rich and complicated tapestry of a region where empires have so often come to grief - a cautionary tale. Karl Meyer is currently the editor of World Policy Journal.
(Grades 5-6) 1981 112 p. White 3-ring binder
Created by Leah Heilpern, this 6 week unit on Albania, Rumania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland, explores the geography, culture, and arts of each country.
(Grades 9 - 12) 1992 2 Teacher's Guides (38 p. and 51 p.) 94 min - VHS (3 videotapes)
A set of curriculum units for history and social studies produced by the Stanford University Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). Each unit contains an introduction, a series of lesson plans, an accompanying videotape, and handouts. Included are:
- Dissidence Censored - 38 p. Teacher's guide plus a 34 min. VHS video
- Captive Lands - 23 min. VHS video (Teacher's guide missing)
- The Unfinished Revolution - 51 p. Teacher's guide plus a 37 min. VHS video.
(Teaching Resource) 1992 28 p. Pamphlet
Compiled by Frucht and Talbot for The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, this bibliography and audio-visual list on Eastern Europe is based on the requests of secondary school teachers.
End of the Soviet Union
(Grades HS -College) 1992 150 p. Instructional Guide 50 min - VHS
A 4-part video series featuring excerpts from the 1989, 1990, & 1991 meetings of the former U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense produced by The Southern Center for International Studies, Atlanta, Georgia. This video is accompanied by a 150 page Instructional Guide comprised of essays (that provide critical background information), lesson plans, transcripts of the videotape, a glossary, a bibliography, statistical grids, and maps. The four videos are:
- Gorbachev's Foreign Policy Revolution - 6 former U.S. Secretaries of State and 2 former U.S. Secretaries of Defense discuss changes that Gorbachev brought to Soviet foreign policy (12 min.)
- Gorbachev's Domestic Revolution - 6 former U.S. Secretaries of State analyze changes that Gorbachev introduced in Soviet domestic life between 1985 and 1990 (14 min.)
- 1990-91: Political Chaos & Economic Decline - 5 former U.S. Secretaries of State examine the political chaos and economic decline that swept the Soviet Union in 1990 and 1991 (10 min.)
- The End of the Soviet Union - 5 former U.S. Secretaries of Defense explore the global implications of the collapse of the Soviet Union (14 min.)
Estonia: Then and Now Series
(Grades 6-12) 1992 56 p. Hardcover
Prepared by the Geography Dept. of Lerner Publications Co., this series covers the republics that have emerged from the former Soviet Union. To provide the most accurate, timely, and comprehensive information, photographs, maps, and charts, Lerner enlisted the help of dozens of researchers, writers, and photographers. Included in the series REECAS also owns the following: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus , Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. Color photographs.
Europe: Internet-Based Activities
2003 44 p. Softcover
Lesson topics: The Sami (native inhabitants of Lapland in northern Scandinavia), sheep farming in the UK, the Berlin Wall, Mediterranean volcanoes, and traveling down the Volga River. (Two copies).
Everything you Need to Teach Europe
(Grades 6-10) 2005 362 p. 3-Ring Binder
More than 50 lessons address five main subject areas: geography, history, culture, government, and economics. The reproducible lessons provide background readings, primary source excerpts, graphs, imaginary first-person testimony, read-aloud plays, crosswords, and multilevel tests, suggested Internet resources.
Fairy-Tales of Siberian Folks
(Juvenile Literature) 1992 207 p. Hardcover Serbian and English
Compiled by Galina Smirnova (Krasnoyarsk Vital Publishers). This book of fairy-tales and legends contains stories about various animals, birds, and insects inhabiting the taiga and the tundra of Serbia. It also includes Serbian sayings, proverbs, signs, and a glossary. Color illustrations.
Families of Russia
(Grades K-4) 2002 30 min - VHS
This program takes students through a typical day in the lives of two families with small children. Anya, age 7, lives in the industrial city Nizhny Novgorod, built hundreds of years ago on the Volga and Oka Rivers. We learn how important education is to Anya and her brother, and what her parents do. After school, Anya practices gymnastics, and we see her working out on the parallel bars. While their city apartment is tiny by American standards, there's room for a mini jungle gym in the living room. The next segment follows Nicolai, age 10, whose family owns a farm where everyone pitches in and nothing is purchased if it can be made at home. The village of Retkino is known for its woodworking, and we see local craftspeople making bowls on a lathe and painting them in intricate and colorful designs. Nicolai zips through the village on his little motorcycle, and joins his dad for a soothing "banya" (sauna) before bed. In addition to seeing how different families meet basic needs, viewers learn concepts in geography, economics, history, and styles of living that illustrate how human beings interact with each other and with their surroundings to make up a culture.
(Teaching Resource) 2000 297 p. Softcover
By Leea Virtanen & Thomas DuBois, (Helsinki: Finish Literary Society in association with University of Washington Press). This book presents a survey and examples of Finnish folklore from the nineteenth century to the present. The Nordic country of Finland has received influences from both east and west and serves as an excellent showcase of European folklore in general. Guided by Finnish Folklore, readers can learn about how folklore has been collected and researched in Finland, what regional distinctions exist in the country’s traditions, and how traditions have changed in the process of modernization. Readers will find translated examples of rhymed folk songs, folktales, legends, proverbs, riddles, jokes and contemporary genres like children’s folklore, urban legends and anecdotes.
First World War and Its Consequences
(Grades HS - College) 2002 CD-ROM
A complete survey of World War I. Period photographs, newsreel footage, maps, diagrams, personal accounts, artists' renderings, and other documents trace the roots of the conflict from the unification of Germany in the late 1800s to the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Historical research paths uncover military tactics that led to the stalemate on the western front. Eyewitness accounts tell of life in the trenches, civilian life in wartime, the role played by early fighter pilots, and how the medical corps coped with massive casualties. Students can investigate the war on the eastern front, the events that prompted America's entry into the conflict, and trace the rise of Adolf Hitler through the feeble years of the post-war Weimar Republic. Students examine and analyze original source material by accessing the PictureBase database through keyword searches. Pictures and key documents are accompanied by descriptive text; sound files provide personal reminiscences of those who lived through the events described. Teachers are able to customize the program by adding their own text and specific keyword trails.
Folktales along the Silk Road: Kazakh and Kirghiz Stories about Animals
(Juvenile Literature) 1998 18 p. Pamphlet
Translated by Ilse Cirtautus, Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington. Included in this collection are stories that explain why bats fly at night and why foxes have long tails. REECAS owns multiple copies (see program secretary).
Folk Music of Europe in Education
(Teaching Resource) 2004 7 p. Pamphlet
By Svanibar Pettan & Albinca Pesek for the Seattle International Children’s Festival 2004. A teaching resource for introducing students to the music of European countries (including Slovenia). Provides music instrument illustrations and children’s song scores. (1 copy)
Fools Rush In
(Grades, HS - College)
Offering an in-depth personal account of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian war, this autobiography follows the author as he departed for conflict-ridden Eastern Europe in the early 1990s. Demonstrating how the protagonist discovered his own love of humanity, this narrative documents his career as an aid-worker, toiling amidst a motley crew of expatriate punk rockers and thrill junkies who dressed as clowns to deliver food to bombed-out orphanages. Touching on his later role as a dogged emissary, this chronicle also relates how the author convinced the rock group U2 to help bring the siege of Sarajevo to the planet via satellite broadcasts beamed out during their PopMart world tour.
Free To Choose: A Teacher's Guide to Revolution and Reform in Easter Europe
(Grades 9-12) 1991 30 p. Pamphlet
Developed by Adrian Chan and the Stanford University Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) for the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. This resource guide combines resource materials and activity suggestions, handouts, a pre-test, glossary, chronology of events in Easter Europe (1945-91), political cartoons and maps.
Friendly Exchange: Youth for Understanding (YFU) International Exchange/Freedom Support Act (FSA)
(Grades 7-12) 1995 30 p. Rust-colored paper binder
A journal for students and teachers to encourage student exchanges. Each issue focuses on a particular country, including a short introduction to culture, traditions and people, with recipes and map. (Pacific Northwest Region, Edmonds, WA).
From Russia to USSR and Beyond
(Grades HS - College) 1993 412 p. Paperback
Janet G. Vaillant and John Richards II, (White Plains, NY: Longman). This book provides an introductory survey of Russian and Soviet History from its medieval origins to the present. It emphasizes the enduring features of Russian culture and provides a concise account of political, economic, and social developments. The readings, taken from works of fiction, memoirs, and eyewitness accounts, are designed to bring history to life and provide the student the opportunity to work with primary sources. Black and white photographs, graphic illustrations.
From Silk to Oil: Cross-Cultural Connections Along the Silk Roads
(Grades 9 - 12) 2005 375 p. Spiral bound paper (with CD)
A multidisciplinary curriculum guide for educators in social studies, arts and humanities edited by Martin Amster (China Institute in America). The intended audience is high school teachers of world history, global studies, social studies, geography, literature, and art. Includes 5 curriculum units designed to stand alone:
Gaia Atlas of First People
(Teaching Resource) 1990 191 p. paperback
Indigenous peoples are on the front line of the ecological crisis. They are the first victims, yet they may also be humanity's hope for the future. This informative and hard-hitting new atlas presents the facts and the arguments in clear and graphic style. Speaking with the voice of the peoples themselves, it appeals to us to open our ears, our eyes ad our hearts to their message: to preserve the Earth, to respect all life, and to evolve new strategies for our survival.
Games for Learning Russia
(All Ages) 1990 95 p. Softcover.
Written by Akishina, Zharkova, & Akishina. This book offers 40 different games for learning Russian language at the elementary level with detachable pages of words and images on different topics.
Georgia, the country! Charts Its Future (Faces: People, Places, and Cultures)
(Ages 9 – 14) 2007 47 p.
Magazine By Elizabeth Crooker Carpentiere; Dodona Kiziria; Cobblestone Publishing Company. This issue includes feature articles on the religion, music, food, mythology, folk tales and more. Faces: People, Places, and Cultures is a magazine for young readers ages 9-14 that explores world cultures and geography. Each issue focuses on a specific culture and/or country with stories about daily life, folk tales, articles about history and traditions, biographies, maps, recipes, book and video recommendations, and hands-on activities and projects.
Georgia: Then and Now Series
(Grades 6-12) 1993 56 p. Hardcover
Prepared by the Geography Dept. of Lerner Publications Co., this series covers the republics that have emerged from the former Soviet Union. To provide the most accurate, timely, and comprehensive information, photographs, maps, and charts, Lerner enlisted the help of dozens of researchers, writers, and photographers. Included in the series REECAS also owns the following: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus , Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Color photographs.
Gulya Golybok: Songs, nursery rhymes, bywords of the peoples of Prikam’ya
(Juvenile Literature) 1986 40 p. Softcover
(Moscow: Malysh). Retold by L. Kuz’min. Folk tales of the Bashkir, Tatar, Udmurt, Komi-Perm peoples from the Perm Oblast. Color illustrations. Russian.
Heelotia – A Cross-Cultural Simulation
(Grades 5 to Adult) 1991 18 p. Pamphlet
Developed by Wider Horizons; revised by SPICE (Stanford Program on International and Cross-cultural Education). This simulation exercise is designed to provide students at the intermediate and secondary education levels with an experimental or discovery exercise in cross cultural relations. The simulation is designed to be a part of a more extensive study of cultural perceptions and can be used in an exploration or one's own community as well as in more geographically distant cultures. The simulation involves the rules of two imaginary cultures, Heelotia and Hokia. This guide includes information on running the simulation, debriefing students following the exercise, and student handouts. Estimates: time for simulation 75 – 120 minutes, 1 – 2 teachers for facilitation, 24 – 60 players, name tags & tokens needed as well.
Historical Atlas of East Central Europe
(Grades HS - AP and College) 1993 218 p. Oversized Paperback
By Robert Paul Magocsi, (Seattle: University of Washington Press). Covering all of East Central Europe, from 400 A.D. through 1992, this atlas encompasses the countries of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, former Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, and Greece. Also included are the eastern part of Germany (historic Mecklenburg, Brandenburg, Prussia, Saxony and Lusatia), Bavaria, Austria, northeaster Italy (historic Venetia), the lands of historic Poland-Lithuania (present-day Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine up to the Dnieper River), Moldova, and western Turkey. A formidable amount of scholarship and information about conflicts, migrations, trade, industry, transport, ethnic melting-pots and cultural interchange is made easily accessible. This volume contains 89 maps and 28 tables.
History, Society, and Culture of Pskov, Russia
(Grades 6 - Adult) 1997 121 p. White 3-ring binder
Developed by Tacoma Community College in conjunction with the Fulbright-Hays Group Project, these 13 curriculum units cover a range of disciplines. They are based on a six-week program of study of Russia and Russian culture through language classes, lectures and excursions to relevant cultural sites in the city of Pskov, Russia. Lesson plans include:
Hrvatska: Our Lovely Croatia
(Teaching Resource) 1994 303 p. Hardcover
By Ivan Gundulic, (Zagreb: Graficki Zavod Hrvatske). This lavishly illustrated book showcases Croatia’s rich historical, architectural, natural, and cultural treasures from all of its diverse regions. Published at a time when nearly a third of the country was still occupied by rebel Serbs, the book generally avoids mention of the conflict and does not include images of the destruction to Croatia’s cultural heritage that were commonly featured in the 1990s to draw international support. The book does emphasize Croatia’s links to Western (as opposed to Balkan) civilization – former President Tudjman’s introduction and numerous photos of Pope John Paul II’s visit are just two examples – but overall the book is devoid of political issues. Therefore it can serve as an excellent visual aid, but maps and a historical overview will be necessary in order to use this resource most effectively.
Hungary: In Pictures
(Grades 7 - 12) 1993 64 p. Hardcover
Visual Geography Series, (Minneapolis, Lerner Co.) An introduction to the land, the history and government, the people, and the economy of Hungary. Black and white & color photographs, maps. In this series REECAS also owns Bulgaria (1994), and Soviet Union (1989).
I am Eastern Orthodox
(Grade K - 4) 1996 24 p. Hardcover
By Philemon D. Sevastiades. In these first-person narratives, American children of Eastern Orthodox faith introduce their beliefs, holy days and festivals, and rites of passage. Glossary entries are printed in boldface, and a pronunciation guide follows new words. Reading level - Grade 2.
Icon and the Axe: An Interpretive History of Russian Culture
(Teaching Resource) 1966 786 p. Paperback
In this history of modern Russian thought and culture, the period of consideration is the last 600 hundred years (during which Russia emerged as a powerful, distinctive, creative civilization.) The narrative deals with some of the anguish and aspiration as well as the achievements of Russian culture; restless dissenters as well as ruling oligarchies; priests and prophets; as well as poets and politicians. This work will draw on those materials which best illustrate the distinctive central concerns of each era of Russian cultural development. Black and white photographs.
Ideas of Karl Marx
(Grades 7 - 12) 1996 CD-ROM
An exploration of the life and ideas of one of history's most influential political thinkers, this program chronicles Marx's background, the founding of the Communist League, and the publication of the Communist Manifesto. The program also explains capitalism, socialism, dialectical materialism, the Marxist conception of history, and why Marx believed that social classes were inevitably arrayed against one another. Filled with quotations from speeches, writings, and documents of the period, this program is accompanied by an abundance of printable and exportable maps, prints, cartoons, and paintings. It also contains interactive quizzes and text is conveniently hyperlinked to a glossary of key terms.
Imperial Russia: A Source Book, 1700-1917
(Teaching Resource) 1974 496 p. Softcover
Edited by Basil Dmytryshyn, Portland State University, (Hinsdale, IL: Dryden Press). The purpose of this volume is to make available to students and teachers a collection of basic sources on political, social, economic and cultural life in Russia from 1700-1917. Maps.
Inside the Cold War
(HS - College) 1999 CD-ROM (Microsoft Windows only)
This CD-ROM reconstructs the chain of events that brought the superpowers to the brink of war, and ultimately led to the collapse of Soviet Communism. This is the first comprehensive digital treatment of the Cold War, and a definitive resource for understanding global politics of the last 35 years. Includes:
Introduction to Russian Literature
(Grades HS -College) 1990 45 min - VHS
This still-image video examines Russian literary developments in the 19th and 20th centuries. It explores the works of Turgenev, Tolstoy, Pushkin and Dostoevsky. Excerpts from Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago and Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and from the anti-Stalin protests of Akhmatova and Mandelshtam exemplify 20th-century literary trends.
Jason and the Golden Fleece
(Grades 4 - 7) 1993 48 p. Oversized Hardcover (Juvenile Literature)
By Sofia Zarabouka, (Los Angeles: Getty Museum). In this story, Zarabouka adapts the classic tale of Jason and his companions, the Argonauts. Together, this brave crew ventures to the faraway land of Kolchis to steal the woolen coat of the famed golden ram. Along the way, they face many challenges, including rescuing King Phineus from the menacing harpies, navigating through a deadly passageway of rocks, and plowing a field planted with dragon's teeth that rapidly grow into fierce giants. Through words and pictures, Zarabouka describes many exciting episodes from the myth of Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece.
JIHAD: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia
(Teaching Resource)2002 281 p. Softcover
Ahmed Rashid, (NY: Penguin). Rashid, whose brilliant book about Afghanistan’s Taliban regime became required reading post - September 11, here turns his superb skills as an investigative journalist to five adjacent Central Asian republics - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan - where religious repression, political corruption, and extreme poverty have created a fertile climate for militant Islam. Based on ground-breaking research and numerous interviews, Rashid explains the roots of fundamentalist rage in Central Asia, describes the goals and activities of its militant organizations, including Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda, and suggests ways of neutralizing the threat and bringing stability to the troubled region.
Kazaaam! Splat! Ploof!: The American Impact on European Popular Culture Since 1945
(Teaching Resource) 2003 264 p. Paperback
Sabrina P. Ramet and Gordana P. Crnkovic, (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield). Black and white photographs. Observing European debates about EuroDisney, McDonald's, Hollywood films and television programs, and other vehicles of alleged "Americanization," one might imagine that Europe is in serious risk of losing its distinct cultural identity in the melting pot of American pop culture. The loaded charge of "kitsch" is a central aspect of the debate, with Disney stories, for example, branded as simplified travesties of authentic European folktales. But, as this book vividly illustrates, the relationship between European and American popular cultures is vastly more complex. Exploring American cultural influences as they have been refracted through a European lens, the contributors explore such popular realms as television, fashion, fast food, rock music, as well as domains as diverse as youth organizations, literature, religious faith and UFO culture.
Kazakhstan: Then and Now Series
(Grades 6 - 12) 1993 56 p. Hardcover
Prepared by the Geography Dept. of Lerner Publications Co., this series covers the republics that have emerged from the former Soviet Union. To provide the most accurate, timely, and comprehensive information, photographs, maps, and charts, Lerner enlisted the help of dozens of researchers, writers, and photographers. Included in the series REECAS also owns the following: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus , Estonia, Georgia , Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Color photographs.
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan Country Studies/Area Handbook Program
570p. Hardcover (Teaching Resource) 1997
Glenn E. Curtis, ed., (U.S. Government, Federal Research Division, Library of Congress). This area handbook describes and analyzes these countries political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by historical and cultural factors. Includes country maps and photographs.
Kingfisher Book of Tales from Russia
(Grades 3 - 6) 2000 80 p. Softcover (Juvenile Literature)
By James Mayhew, (NY: Kingfisher). Koshka, the storytelling cat, narrates this inspiring collection of traditional Russian tales, skillfully interwoven with a colorful account of Koshka’s own adventures. Meet the beautiful Sea Princess, the glorious Firebird, and the exquisite Snow Maiden, who will take you on an unforgettable journey through a bewitching and timeless land.
Kosovo’s Future and Balkan Stability – Conference Summary
2005 Blue Folder w/Presentation Materials & 97 min. DVD
By Alliance for a New Kosovo (www.newkosovo.org). Includes DVD highlighting the conference including opening remarks, political path, economic future, and luncheon remarks. Presentation materials include: Address for Kosovo’s Future and Balkan Stability Conference (by Morton Abramovitz), Kosovo’s Economic Future and Foreign Investment (by Maureen Smith), and The Western Balkans Need Final Status (by Janusz Bugajski). Letter addressed to Steve Hanson and profile of Kosovo also included. Speeches delivered on November 15, 2005, Washington, DC.
Kyrgyzstan: Then and Now Series
(Grades 6 - 12) 1993 56 p. Hardcover
Prepared by the Geography Dept. of Lerner Publications Co., this series covers the republics that have emerged from the former Soviet Union. To provide the most accurate, timely, and comprehensive information, photographs, maps, and charts, Lerner enlisted the help of dozens of researchers, writers, and photographers. Included in the series REECAS also owns the following: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus , Estonia, Georgia , Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Color photographs.
Land and People of the Soviet Union
(Teaching Resource) 1991 304 p. Hardcover
William G. Andrews, (NY: Harper Colorlins). This book offers a brief introduction to Marxism and then explores in detail the agonizing paradox of Soviet geography. A vast landmass, the Soviet Union contains more rivers, lakes and mountains than any other country. The book also traces the sprawling history of the Mongols, Vikings, Ukainians, Georgians (and others) who make up the Soviet Union, showing how these nationalities seek their identity through changes in government, politics, religion, even rock music. Black and white photographs.
Land of the Firebird: The Beauty of Old Russia
(College Level) 1980 491 p. Paperback
By Suzanne Massie, (NY: Touchstone -Simon & Schuster). A beautifully written history of the now-vanished culture of pre-Revolutionary Russia. Massie traces the development of Russian art and architecture from construction of the great cathedrals and palaces of Kieve to the rise of Moscow and the building of the Kremlin. She recasts the legendary stories of Ivan the Terrible, Tsar Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great. This is the era of Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostevsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky and culminates with the avant-garde movement and artists Chagall, Nijinsky, Diaghilev and Stravinsky.
Latvia: Then and Now Series
(Grades 6 - 12) 1992 56 p. Hardcover
Prepared by the Geography Dept. of Lerner Publications Co., this series covers the republics that have emerged from the former Soviet Union. To provide the most accurate, timely, and comprehensive information, photographs, maps, and charts, Lerner enlisted the help of dozens of researchers, writers, and photographers. Included in the series REECAS also owns the following: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus , Estonia, Georgia , Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Color photographs.
Lay of Tsar Ivan Vassilyevich, His Young Oprichnik and the Stouthearted Merchant Kalashnikov
(Juvenile Literature) 1983 25 p. Hardcover
Mikhail Lermontov, a well know children's author. (Raduga Publ.). Oversized, beautiful black and white illustrations.
Learning Russian with Sasha
(Grades 1 - 6) n.d. 37 p. White 3 ring binder
Mina Teper. 9 p. Teacher's Guide and 28 p. Student Manual for introductory Russian language learning. Black and white illustrations. (REECAS owns multiple copies).
(Grades 4 -9) 1994 100 p. Hardcover
John Haney, (NY: Chelsea House). World Leaders Past and Present Series. This biography written for young adults focuses on Lenin's rise to political power and his actions as a world leader. Lenin was the architect of what is perhaps the most important sociopolitical movement of the 20th century, the Russian Revolution of 1917. Lenin championed the principles of socialist democracy and sought to create a society free from economic exploitation and social inequality. He was always at the center of the popular struggle for social and economic justice, and his vision remains the guiding philosophy of communist movements worldwide. Black and white photographs. In this series REECAS also owns, Peter the Great, Leonid Brezhnev, and Boris Yeltsin.
(Teaching Resource) 1969 104 p. Hardcover
(Moscow: Progress). This album, prepared for the celebration of Lenin’s birth centennial, contains documentary black and white photographs showing him as a statesman, revolutionary and family man.
Life in Communist Russia
(Grades 6 - 12) 2001 96 p. Hardcover
By Thomas Streissguth. Combining historical overviews, primary source quotations, and illuminating sidebars, this introduction to Soviet Russia acquaints readers with a vanished era. Chapters address the Marxist-Leninist conception of the proper relationship between the people and the state, life in the city and the country, education, work, sports and leisure, religion, art, literature, and music. A final chapter considers how the Communist Party enforced compliance, how dissidents resisted, and how glasnost led to the end of the "Communist experiment." Index. Bibliography. Suggested readings. Source notes. Illustrated.
Lithuania: Then and Now Series
(Grades 6 - 12) 1992 56 p. Hardcover
Prepared by the Geography Dept. of Lerner Publications Co., this series covers the republics that have emerged from the former Soviet Union. To provide the most accurate, timely, and comprehensive information, photographs, maps, and charts, Lerner enlisted the help of dozens of researchers, writers, and photographers. Included in the series REECAS also owns the following: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Color photographs.
Living in Freedom: The New Prague
(Teaching Resource) 1992 261 p. Paperback
Mark Sommer, (San Francisco: Mercury House). A blend of current history, personal journey, political essay and provocative interviews, this book is a timely portrait of the enchanting medieval city of Prague. Since this popular tourist destination has experienced monumental changes in recent years, visitors cannot fully appreciate the stunning urban landscape of the "Paris of the 90's" without knowledge of its historical context. Based on the author's visits both before and after the "velvet revolution" of 1989, Living in Freedom provides an absorbing insider's view of the evolution of the new Prague.
Look What Came From Russia
(Grades 2 - 4) 1999 32 p. paperback
By Miles Harvey. This book details Russia's contributions in photographs and simple text. Some of these inventions we can't imagine living without and others are less familiar innovations. This book ends with a recipe for a traditional food, a pronunciation guide, and an item that doesn't come from that country (such as the Russian dressing, which is actually from the U.S.). Indexes. Glossaries.
Macedonia: The Politics of Identity and Difference
(Teaching Resource) 2000 166 p. Paperback
Jane K. Cowan, ed., (London: Pluto Press). Macedonia has been claimed by its three neighbors - Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece - during and since the demise of the Ottoman Empire. But the Macedonian Question extends far beyond the contested borders of Macedonia to immigrant communities in Europe, Australia and North America. The contributors to this collection explore the contemporary repercussions of the Macedonian Question, which has long been at the heart of Balkan politics. The volume recognizes Macedonia as a global issue, and focuses on the politics of identity and difference in both homeland and diaspora.
Map History of Russia
(Grades HS- College) 1983 124 p. Softcover
By Brian Catchpole, (London: Heinemann Educational Books). Covers the history of Russia from the period of the Vikings to after 1975 in 7 historical periods with brief descriptions. Maps and diagrams.
(Grades 6 - 10) 1992 83 p. Spiral bound Paper
Produced by Stanford University Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). This unit contains five lesson plans on the geography and climate of Europe. It also contains information on the political, religious and ethnic features of Europe and is fully illustrated with maps, charts, handouts, transparencies, conversion tables, and teacher's guides' answer keys.
Mapping Russia: Geographic and Cultural Diversity
(Grades 10 - 12) 2001 42 p. Spiral bound Paper
Produced by Stanford University Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). This unit contains three lesson plans on the geography and climate of Russia. It also contains information on the political and ethnic situation in the Northern Caucasus and the ecology and economy of Siberia and is fully illustrated with maps, charts, handouts, fact sheets, and teacher preparation.
Medieval Russia: A Source Book 900 - 1700
(Teaching Resource) 1973 355 p. Paperback
Basil Dmytryshyn, ed., (NY: Praeger). A collection of basic sources on political, social, economic, and cultural life in medieval Russia. The selections fall into two categories: excerpts from chronicles, letters and official instructions written or issued by medieval Russians; and observations of or commentaries on, the customs, habits and ideas of the Russian people as recorded by their European contemporaries.
Migrants and Refugees: Millions of People on the Move
(Grades HS - College) 1996 18 p. Journal with map
Understanding Global Issues (A periodic briefing with topic map, illustrations, charts, facts and analysis.) In the mid-1970s, there were less than 3 million people under UNHCR protection worldwide. Today the UNHCR has over 27 million people under its wing. Over 20 million others have also been displaced by war or other catastrophe. All over the world, people are crossing boarders in search of jobs, some legally, some illegally. What are the implications of these mass population movements?
Model Curriculum: For Human Rights and Genocide
(Grades 7 - 12) 1987 65 p. White 3-ring binder
Published for the California State Department of Education, this guide for teachers contains a model curriculum that provides the philosophical bases for including studies on human rights and genocide in the curriculum. It identifies places in history - social science courses where learnings can be included, and poses questions that will engage students in critical thinking.
Moldova: Then and Now Series
(Grades 6 - 12) 1993 56 p. Hardcover
Prepared by the Geography Dept. of Lerner Publications Co., this series covers the republics that have emerged from the former Soviet Union. To provide the most accurate, timely, and comprehensive information, photographs, maps, and charts, Lerner enlisted the help of dozens of researchers, writers, and photographers. Included in the series REECAS also owns the following: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus , Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. Color photographs.
Moor, Dmitrii - Masters of Soviet Caricature
(Teaching resource) 1986 79p. Oversized Pamphlet
(Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik). This collection represents works by Soviet caricaturist Dmitrii Moor (1883-1946), one of the founders of Soviet political graphics (political cartoons). He used satire in political posters, caricatures and cartoons. Russian.
Moscow Treasures and Traditions
(Exhibition Catalogue) 1990 281 p. Oversized Softcover
(Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, DC and University of Washington Press). This book traces 5 centuries of Russian art, providing a historical context for selected art works housed in the State Museums of the Moscow Kremlin, State Tretyakov Gallery, State Historical Museum, State Russian Museum, State Museum of Ceramics, and 18th century Estate of Kuscovo, Museun of History, Ostankino Palace and other museums outside Moscow.
Muslim Youth: Tensions and Transitions in Tajikistan
(Teaching Resource) 2006 192 p. Softcover
Collette Harris, (Cambridge, MA: Westview Press). Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the peoples of Central Asia have been exposed to new, Western influences that stress individualism at the expense of Central Asian traditions of family and communalism. Young men in particular are exposed to new ideas and lifestyles as they travel in large numbers outside their native republics for the first time, even as contemporary Islam exerts itself as a potent force for cultural conservatism, especially for women. As a result, young Central Asians today confront a complex mixture of the old and the new that strains personal relations. Chapters include: family life, education, dating, and marriage and the family in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.
Napoleon's Polish Troops
(Teaching Resource) 1974 40 p. Paperback
[Men-at-Arms Series] Otto Von Pivka, (NY: Hippocrene Books). This books gives a brief history of this fighting unit, with a full description of its dress and accoutrements, illustrated with eight color plates and many drawings and photographs.
National Folk Sports in the USSR
(Teaching Resource) 1980 123 p. Hardcover.
Compiled by Yuri Lukashin, (Moscow: Progress). Introduces the folk games of peoples of the USSR including a brief history of the ancient folk games and how they evolved into modern sports.
Nationalism and Identity: In a European Context
(Grades 9 - Adult) 1993 134 p. Spiral-bound Paper
A history/social studies curriculum unit produced by the Europe Project and the Stanford University Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). This unit contains an introduction and four lessons. Illustrations, maps, handouts.
Nonprofit Program Manager: Building Understanding Across Borders
(Grades 9 - 12) 2004 DVD - 8 min.
Produced by Highline Public Schools. Students will see how learning a second language led Robbyn Kistler (U.S.-born) to the world of international trade and a satisfying career building relationships across borders. After studying Russian in college, Kistler worked as a program manager for the US Russian Far East Partnership Activity, a part of the Foundation for Russian-American Economic Cooperation in Seattle, Washington.
Nuclear Legacy: Students of Two Cities
(Teacher/Student Project) 2000 306 p. Oversized Hardcover
Maureen McQuerry, (Columbus, OH: Battelle Press). Students from Slavutych, Ukraine and Richland, Washington (US), describe the effects of growing up in communities purposely developed in isolation or secrecy because of their nuclear-based industry and discuss their future in these towns as demand for nuclear energy declines. This book is about making connections between cultures and communities; between the past, the present and the future; and between students and scientific and business communities in two different countries. It is primarily an educational publication, however, the student articles do discuss politically sensitive topics in straightforward detail. The moving first hand accounts by young people of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, and interviews with scientists who worked on the 1940's Manhattan Project make it a unique collaboration on two nuclear cultures.
One Day in the Life of Boris Denisovich
(Grades 9-12) 1963 142 p. Softcover
Solzhenitsyn's first book, this economical, relentless novel is one of the most forceful artistic indictments of political oppression in the Stalin-era Soviet Union. The simply told story of a typical, grueling day of the titular character's life in a labor camp in Siberia, is a modern classic of Russian literature and quickly cemented Solzhenitsyn's international reputation upon publication in 1962. It is painfully apparent that Solzhenitsyn himself spent time in the gulags—he was imprisoned for nearly a decade as punishment for making derogatory statements about Stalin in a letter to a friend.
Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars
(Teaching Resource) 1999 400 p. Hardcover
Christopher Merrill, (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield). A chronicle of poet and critic Christopher Merrill's ten war-time journeys to the Balkans from 1992-96. At once a travelogue, a book of war reportage, and a biography of the imagination under siege, this beautifully written and personal narrative takes the reader along on the author's journeys to all the provinces and republics of the former Yugoslavia - Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, and Vojvodina as well as to Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Turkey. The author is concerned with capturing the texture of particular places in the midst of dramatic change, the sounds and sights and smells, the stories and observations of the victim and perpetrator alike, the culture of war, a literary meditation of war, a portrait of the poetry, the politics and the people of the Balkans.
Our Global Village: Poland
(Grades 3 - 6) 1994 26 p. Paperback
A cultural resource guide by Don McKay, (St. Louis, MO: Milliken). The series "Our Global Village" hopes to share ideas, hands-on activities, and resources from other cultures which will lead your students in different experiences, learning how others live, think and react.
Our Global Village: Russia
(Grades K - 3) 1993 26 p. Paperback
A cultural resource guide by Susan J. Williams, (St. Louis, MO: Milliken). The series "Our Global Village" hopes to share ideas, hands-on activities, and resources from other cultures which will lead your students in different experiences, learning how others live, think and react.
Penguin Atlas of Diasporas, The
(Teaching Resource) 1995 183 p. Paperback
Gerard Chaliand and Jean-Pierre Rageau, (NY: Penguin). The very definition of diaspora - which embraces forced exile, voluntary migration, and "minorities of inferiorization" - is thoroughly examined in this atlas, along with extended coverage of displaced cultures throughout the world: the Jewish diaspora patterns, and the history and nature of the African, Chinese, Indian, Irish, Greek, Armenian, Gypsy, Lebanese, Palestinian, Vietnamese, and Korean diasporas. The contributions of early diasporas to globalization, as well as the changing and contradictory attitudes of host states and populations, are also explored. Absorbingly detailed text, full color maps, and a black and white iconography of synagogues, churches, and other cultural markers make this an invaluable reference for those interested in the history and diversity of cultures, and a vital tool for understanding today's refugee crisis.
Peter the Great
(Grades 4 - 9) 1991 100 p. Hardcover
Kathleen McDermott, (NY: Chelsea House). World Leaders Past and Present Series. This biography written for young adults focuses on Peter the Great's rise to political power and his actions as a world leader. Black and white photographs. In this series REECAS also owns, Vladimir Lenin, Leonid Brezhnev, and Boris Yeltsin.
(Teaching Resource) 1979 311 p. Oversized Hardcover
(Leningrad: Khudozhnik RSFSF). Introduction by N. Plastov (the son of the artist) this artists’ book introduces the art (paintings) of Arkady Plastov (1893-1972). This collection is roughly 200 images, Plastov completed nearly 10,000 works. Color plates. Russian.
Poland: Little Library for Youth
(Grades K - 6) 1970 6 sets of cards, boxed (Warsaw: Interpress).
A boxed collection of curricula, black and white photographs, Map, Emblem, Flag, National Anthem, County & People, Cities, History, Culture, Great Poles, Youth.
(Teaching Resource) 1977 40 p. Pamphlet
Anna Chrypinski, ed., (Detroit, MI: By Friends of Polish Art). This pamphlet contains brief descriptions of the holiday customs which are a part of the national culture.
Polishing the Mirror: A Curriculum Unit on Central and Inner Eurasia
(Grades 9 - 12) 2000 368 p. White 3-ring binder (with 49 slides)
By Vika Gardner and R. T. Steponaitis. Published by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan). A curricular unit intended to help American students come to a more complex understanding of their own cultural environment through examination of the history and culture of Central and Inner Eurasia with 49 slides, figures and maps. This unit includes an introduction for teachers and three comprehensive sections and a culminating project:
- Diverse Religions: 9th - 10th Cent.
- Mongol Conquest, 13th Cent.
- Timur the Lame and the Northern Timurids
- Swallowed by Empires: The 8th and 9th Cent.
- Central Eurasia and Mongolia: The Soviet Era and Independence
Population: Issues, Impacts and Solutions
(Grades 9-12) 2000 63 p. Paperback; 63 p. Curriculum Guide
Written by John Goekler and produced by Facing the Future: People and the Planet, this book is an examination of population trends and their effects on economic and social issues plus a look at possible solutions for excessive population growth, including charts, black and white photographs and a glossary. The curriculum guide contains classroom activities, discussion questions, projects and tests.
Population, Poverty, Consumption and the Environment
(Grades 9 - 12) 2001 32 p. Paperback
Written by John Goekler, Liam Moriarty, Devin Hibbard, and Ian Byington and produced by Facing the Future: People and the Planet, this book is an examination of population trends throughout history and in the present, including charts, photographs and a glossary.
Preventing Deadly Conflict: Toward a World without War
(Grades 10 - Adult) 2000 95 p. Curriculum Unit, 10 slides
Written by Greg Francis. Produced by SPICE. In three tightly organized lessons, students focus on the causes and effects of war, analyze strife in the former Yugoslavia to see how foreign-policy "tools" were used to restore peace, and research ten other conflicts of the 1990s to determine how fighting might have been stopped at its outset. Supported by 28 reproducible handouts plus transparency masters, teacher background cards, and ten 2" x 2" slides, lessons call for students to work together on group presentations, projects, and role plays. Each plan contains introductory questions, objectives, a list of materials, a step-by-step teaching scenario, and assessment. Glossary. Bibliography.
Protestantism and Politics in Eastern Europe and Russia: The Communist and Post-Communist Eras
(Teaching Resource) 1992 441 p. Hardcover
Edited by Sabrina Ramet, (Durham & London: Duke Univ. Press). This volume provides a much-needed perspective on the significance of church-state relations in the renaissance of civil society in the region. Comprised of essays by leading scholars on particular countries and issues, Protestantism … offers a comprehensive approach to the varied and significant political roles of Protestant churches in Communist systems. Protestantism … is part of the three-volume work “Christianity Under Stress.”
Realms of Russian Bear
(Grades 5 - 8) 1992 7 p. Paper
Series of questions to accompany the Realms of the Russian Bear video series (in the REECAS Film Collection). Check out from program secretary. Xerox copies.
Reunification 10 Years Later: Eastern Europe, 10 Years Later
(Grades 9 - 12) 1998 10 min - VHS
Produced by Gulliver Education, this short video examines the political and economic landscape of the former Soviet bloc in the decade since 1989 and reviews the transition from state control to private enterprise.
Rise and Fall of Soviet Communism: Using Primary Sources and the Internet
Primary Sources and the Internet (Grades HS) 2004 51 p. Softcover
Written by Phil Giltner for Social Studies School Service. Document based activities. Lesson topics: Marx, Lenin, and the Communist Manifesto; Russian Revolution; Stalinism and the totalitarian state; Repression and failures of the Soviet system; Glasnost, Perestroika, and the end of the Soviet Union.
Rocking the State: Rock Music and Politics in Eastern Europe and Russia
(Teaching Resource) 1994 317 p. Paperback
Sabrina P. Ramet, (Boulder: Westview Press). Of the many avenues for expressing dissident viewpoints in communist societies, rock music - with its broad appeal among young people - was one of the most effective. The "rock rebels" assailed the system with their ribald lyrics and raucous music. Communist regimes generally had a difficult time adjusting to rock music, and some such as those in Czechoslovakia and Romania, never did accept the new genre. Others, such as the East German government, tried to control and monitor rock by requiring musicians and DJs alike to pass tests on Marxist ideology. Other strategies included censoring lyrics, record covers, and attire. The authorities knew that although these bands could not overthrow the state, they could sing up a storm, and, indeed, rock the state. Bringing together some of the world's leading authorities on rock music under communism, this book analyzes the rise of specific rock groups throughout Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, examining the broader social culture in which they operated and evaluating the political ramifications of their popularity.
Romania: Calendar of Folklore Events
(Teaching Resource) 1974 326 p. Hardcover English and French
Liviu Cernaianu and Lascar Stancu, (Publishing House of Tourism). This book is meant to guide and inform the reader about the present make-up and content of the great popular festivities, arranged chronologically. The descriptions of the events include specific terms and designations which define the genuine character of Romanian folk art and the coinhabiting nationalities, their local color. A reference dictionary is included at the end of the book. Color illustrations.
Romanians: A Concise History
(Teaching Resource) 1992 62p. Softcover
By Mircea Eliade, (Bucharest: Roza Vinturilor). The discreet obsure historical role like the one played by the Daco-Romans’ descendants, the Romanians, has been tragic, ignored and often misunderstood. The Romanians assume a role that is not manifest in European history; they know the tragedy of living each moment of their life as if it was their last. A frontier people, the Romanians were subject to the most terrible barbarian invasions during the period they formed as a people, only to have, once they had organized their State, to cope with another big Asiatic threat – the Turks – for centuries on end. Nowadays, historians discover the tragedy of the Romanians and of the peoples living in Southeast Europe, which bled for five centuries in order to prevent the Islamic colossus from penetrating into the heart of Europe.
(Grades 7 - 10) 1974 24 p. Teacher's Guide with 12 color transparencies
By Marilyn Chase (Milliken Publ.) A brief history of political change in Russia with maps, illustrations, and student questions. REECAS owns a second set of transparencies.
Russia: A Cultural Resource Guide
(Grades 5 - 9) 1993 26 p. Softcover
Did you know that the Russians get around the high price of caviar by making imitation caviar from eggplant? Descriptions of foods, toys, games, and festivals enrich this study of Russia's geography, history, and culture.
Russia: A Literature Based Multi-Cultural Unit
(Grades 1 - 3) 1993 48 p. Paperback
By Betsy Franco (Monterey, CA: Evan-Moor Corp.) This unit explores Russia through a folktale, The Gigantic Rutabaga. It includes questions, activities with words and letters, games, exercises, a map and glossary.
Russia and Her Neighbors
(Grades 9 - 12) 1994 160 p. Paperback
Tomikel and Henderson, (Elgin, PA: Allgheny). 'Russia & Her Neighbors' analyzes the geographical and social conditions that exist in the former Soviet Union. Russia's energy situation, her industrial and agricultural potential, her vast but largely untapped natural resources, her serious environmental problems and the outlook for her future are all examined. Problems in the fourteen break away republics, the civil war in Georgia, the warring factions in Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as the ethnic conflicts throughout the former Soviet Empire are documented. The book also draws parallels between the United States and its former Cold War enemy. The text is accompanied by 20 large maps, 33 photos, and three graphs. CIA documents and private Russian sources are utilized in addition to more conventional references.
Russia and Its Neighbors: Uneasy Relationships
(Grades HS - College) 1996 18 p. Journal with map
Understanding Global Issues (A periodic briefing with topic map, illustrations, charts, facts and analysis.) Russia's concern over security stems partly from its vast plains, its history of invasions and its 11 international borders. The war in Chechnya shows Moscow's determination to resist independence movements within the Russian Federation. Is Russia also intent on restoring its empire in the Near Abroad? Or just displaying the strength of a newly-emerging economic power?
Russia and the Near Abroad: A Teacher’s Resource Book
(Grades 7-12), (Teaching Resource) 2003 17 p. Booklet with transparencies
Explore emerging crises and ongoing trends in ten regions of the world through 16-page booklets that each use nine transparencies plus lesson plans, discussion questions, and reproducible activities to help students analyze the issues embedded in the drawings. An 11th reproducible activity book (105 pages, no transparencies) looks at U.S. relations with each of the ten regions, supplying background information and point/counterpoint arguments to set students up for policy options exercises.
Russia and the other Former Soviet Republics in Transition
(Grades HS - College) 1998 239 p Teacher's Guide 90 min - VHS videotape
This curricular unit produced by the Southern Center for International Studies, in Atlanta, Georgia is in 6-parts. It features excerpts from the 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 meetings with former Secretaries of State and of Defense, and excerpts from videotaped interviews with foreign and U.S. experts on Russia to be used in conjunction with the Southern Center's Instructional Guide, "Russia and the Other Former Soviet Republics in Transition." The 6 lessons included are:
Russia: Facing the Future
(Teaching Resource) 2001 The Russia Initiative: Reports of the Four Task Forces (124 p. paperback) 25 p. Teacher's Guide 57 min - VHS (with 40 p. paperback)
This package represents more than a year's work by filmmakers and scholars in Carnegie Corporation's project, the Russia Initiative. Four task forces, each with a multidisciplinary array of Russian and American experts, assessed Russia's economy, military, democratic reforms, societal problems and possible futures, ranging from the fragmentation of the Russian Federation to the re-imposition of Soviet-era totalitarianism. Report authored by A. Stulberg.
Russia in Original Photographs 1860-1920
(Teaching Resource) 1983 212 p. Oversized Softcover
Edited by Marvyn Lyon. (Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul). Lyon’s collection of black and white photographs from 1860 to 1920 with descriptions. The book faithfully reflects some of the many facets of the unique society of Imperial Russia under its last Tsars, and as such constitutes a volume of immense historical interest.
Russia in Search of Democracy
(Grades K - 12) 1997 277 p. White 3-ring binder
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania & the Pennsylvania State Education Association developed a set of curriculum units with a Fulbright-Hays Curriculum Development Small Group Project in Russia grant. K-12 teachers in Pennsylvania prepared an assortment of mini-units to update the curriculum offerings in basic education covering the transition in Russia to a more democratic form of government and market economy. The units include a wide range of grade levels and cover such topics as history, art education, social studies, and internet-based instruction. REECAS owns 2 Copies. Topics include:
Russia the Culture
(Grades 3 - 8) 2000 32 p. paperback - Juvenile Literature
By Greg Nickels. Full-color photographs and simple text introduce students to the culture, and history of Russia, showing how Russians celebrate holidays and festivals using art, music and dance. Reading level: grades 4-5. Indexes. Illustrated.
Russia, the Eurasian Republics, and Central/Eastern Europe
(Grades HS - College) 2003 278 p. Paperback
Global Studies Series (Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin). Minton F. Goldman, the author, of this 9th edition provides students with concise background information, current world press articles, country reports, and current statistics on the following regions and countries: Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, the Eurasian Republics, and the republics of the former Yugoslavia. This unit also includes essays discussing the region as a whole. Black and white photographs, maps, charts.
Russia the Land
(Grades 3 - 8) 2000 32 p. paperback - Juvenile Literature
By Greg Nickels. Full-color photographs and simple text introduce students to the geography, industry, agriculture, wildlife and history of Russia. Two-page spreads present current information. Reading level: grades 4-5. Indexes. Illustrated.
Russia: Then and Now Series
(Grades 6 - 12) 1992 56 p. Hardcover
Prepared by the Geography Dept. of Lerner Publications Co., this series covers the republics that have emerged from the former Soviet Union. To provide the most accurate, timely, and comprehensive information, photographs, maps, and charts, Lerner enlisted the help of dozens of researchers, writers, and photographers. Included in the series REECAS also owns the following: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Color photographs.
Russia the People
(Grades 3 - 8) 2000 32 p. paperback - Juvenile Literature
By Greg Nickels. Full-color photographs and simple text introduce students to the city and rural life of Russian, describing family customs, traditional dress, food, pastimes, schools, and problems created by the struggling economy in this vast federation. Reading level: grades 4-5. Indexes. Illustrated.
Russia Today: Daily Life
(Grades 5 - 8) 1995 12 p. Teacher's Guide 15 min - VHS
Produced by New Leaf Media for United Learning, Inc. This video program is designed to acquaint students with life in the "new" Russia. Incredible changes have occurred in the last few years; the country that was once known as the Soviet Union is almost unrecognizable! Students may have encountered these changes in headlines and television broadcasts, but do they really know what life is like in Russia, and in its neighboring country, the Ukraine? Students gain knowledge of daily Russian life by meeting four teenagers from Moscow, Kiev (in the Ukraine), and St. Petersburg. Through on-location footage and interviews with the young Russians, students discover a better understanding of the impact of political and economic change on the Russian people. Teacher's Guide includes lesson plans, student activities, projects, discussion questions, and script.
Russian Around Europe
(Grades 7 - 9) 2001 30 min - VHS
The Standard Deviant, a troupe of young actors and comedians will be your guides for this enjoyable learning adventure. The geography, history and topography of the Eurasian continent are explored.
Russian Far East: A Reference Guide for Conservation and Development
(Grades HS -College) 2004 466 p. Teacher’s Guide
By Joshua Newell. A complete update of the 1996 classic. The Russian Far East: Forests, Biodiversity Hotspots, and Industrial Developments. Reference: Region-by region summaries of geography, climate, flora, fauna, population, political status, resources, industries, infrastructure, and trade. Expert Analysis: The ninety contributing authors range from botanists to economists, geologists to environmental activists. Includes maps, tables, charts and photographs. Newell's revised and greatly expanded handbook will be the definitive English-language reference source on the environment in the vast region known as the Russian Far East. This text definitely belongs in the reference collection of any library supporting programs in environmental studies or international studies. - Michael Biggins, Slavic & East European Studies Librarian, UW. Published by Daniel & Daniel.
Russian Federation: A Nation in Transition
(Grades 9 - 12) 1995 15 p. Teacher's Guide 25 min - VHS
Produced by New Leaf Media for United Learning, Inc. This video program examines how the Russian people live in this time of rebuilding from Communism. Many interesting places are visited, including Ivanovo, St. Petersburg, and Siberia. Includes: videotape and Teacher's Guide.
(Teaching Resource) 1993 490 p. Paperback
Neil M. Heyman, (NY: McGraw-Hill). Here in one volume is the history of Russia from its earliest beginnings to the failed coup of August 1991 and the dramatic events that followed. As the republics that made up the Soviet Union struggle to find their individual identities and their common interests, the reader must look to both the recent and the remote past to better understand events as they unfold. This concise account focuses on the main events, issues, peoples, and personalities in Russian history and incorporates social, intellectual, religious, and artistic trends. Every chapter contains a timeline, an overview and a summary, and a list of recommended readings. Maps appear through out.
(Teaching Resource) 1991 404 p. Paperback
Walter Kirchner, (NY: Harper Colorlins). Features: Formation of the Russian State; Decline of Kiev-Russia; Tartar Domination; Ivan the Great; The Romanov Dynasty; The Ukraine; Domestic Reform Work; Political Trends and Cultural Progress in the Middle 18th Century; Catherine II's Rule; Russia and France; Post-Napoleonic Period; Emancipation; Era of Reform; Russian and Europe; Russian and the US; Expansion in Asia; Russo-Japanese Rivalry; Revolution of 1905; WWI; Bolshevism; Civil War; Reconstruction; First Five Year Plan; The 1920's; Religion and the Arts; Stalinism; The 1930's; Relations with Europe; Relations with Asia and America; WWII; The Postwar Era; "Cold War" and "Coexistence"; Consolidation and New Tensions; Glasnost and Perestroika. Selected bibliography and fully indexed chronology of history.
(Advanced) 1944 Paperbacks
3 readers Edited by A. Kaun and O. Maslenikov, (Berkeley: UCLA,). Stories by Anton Chekov; Love thy Neighbor by Leonid Andreyev; The Blue Handkerchief: A Play in Four Acts by Valentin Katayev.
(Grades 7 - 12) 1995
CD-ROM Focuses on the causes, events, and impact of the 1917 Russian Revolution, examining how the modern state inherited the tsarist tradition of a centralized government and economy, the conditions that led workers and peasants to revolt, the attractions of Marxist ideology, the anti-tsarist factions, the revolution and its aftermath, and the death of Lenin in 1924. Filled with quotations from speeches, writings, and documents of the period, this program is accompanied by an abundance of printable and exportable maps, prints, cartoons, and paintings. It also contains interactive quizzes and text is conveniently hyperlinked to a glossary of key terms.
Russian Revolution: A Collection of Contemporary Documents
(Grades 7 - 12) 1993 17 p. Study Guide (plus documents) Over-sized red /black Folder
Compiled by Anthony Cash, (NY: Golden Owl). This material provides a visual introduction to the Russian Revolution with reproductions of historic documents, police files, banknotes, pamphlets, handbills and newspapers. It also provides reproducible classroom activities that encourage students to discover the historical significance of primary source materials.
Russian Revolution, 1917: Bolshevik Coup
(Teaching resource) 1958 16 p. Oversized reprint from Life Magazine
(NY: Life Educational Reprints). This series (THE ELLISON CENTER has January & February only) provides a historic introduction to the revolution of 1917 with reproductions of photographs, historic documents, and paintings.
Russian Revolution: Rise of the Insurgents
(Teaching resource) 1958 16 p. Oversized reprint from Life Magazine
(NY: Life Educational Reprints). This series (THE ELLISON CENTER has January & February only) provides a historic introduction to the revolution of 1917 with reproductions of photographs, historic documents, and paintings.
Russian Shores of the Black Sea (and A Journey to Katmandu)
(Grades HS-College) 1998 465 p. Hardcover
By Laurence Oliphant who traveled through Russia from St. Petersburg to Moscow down the Volga and Don to the Black Sea in the 1850s. The resulting narrative is considered a masterpiece of wry observation, unfazed spirit and indomitable relish in the new tradition of Kingslake's "Eothen." This volume includes both of Oliphant's classic travel books and many of the drawings the author made on the Russian journey.
(The) Russian's World: Life and Language
(Teaching Resource) 1994 418 p. Paperback
Genevra Gerhart, (Fort Worth, TX: Holt, Rinehart & Winston). This book attempts to describe for non-Russians what Russian common knowledge might be. It is the information one Russian assumes another has when they are talking together. It is the background against which words take on meaning. If one knew all of common knowledge, then all humor would be comprehensible. Most Russians will agree with most of what is written here (none will agree with everything). Chapters include: 1) An Introduction to Expectations, 2) Aspects of the Individual, 3) The Russian at Home, 4) The Russian in the Community, 5) In the Russian's World.
Sasha Litvin of Russia: The Children of Other Lands Video Series
(Grades 3 - 6) 1995 14 p. Teacher's Guide 15 min - VHS videotape
Produced by United Learning (Niles, IL). Sasha attends a special school for the performing arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. The nine-year-old has been chosen to play Petrushka, the lead role in the school's "Fall Festival" program, and so must take an early trolley to rehearsals before class. From early morning rehearsals to the final rousing performance of the "Fall Festival" program, viewers follow Sasha over a four-day period, seeing how he lives in the "Venice of the North." Sasha is seen in school, at home, and at play in Krasnogvardisky, his neighborhood on the outskirts of St. Petersburg. He is seen with his best friend, Dennis, aboard his father's boat. Sasha's father, a tug boat captain, takes the boys on a tour of St. Petersburg from the Neva, the beautiful river that flows through the city. Special care has been taken to portray the typical Russian family lifestyle in the post-Communist era.
Selected Works of Russian Art: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Graphic Art [11th - Early 20th Century]
(Teaching Resource) 1976 151 p. Hardcover
Natalia Sokolova, Ed. (Leningrad: Aurora Art Publishers). This album contains works from the different periods of Russian art (providing a general outline of the history of Russian art) and offers representative examples of the various stages of its development. Each illustration is accompanied by a brief note commenting on the artistic significance of the work and giving information on date, medium and measurements. The album includes 126 color and 24 black and white illustrations.
Shyaan Am! Tuvan Folk Tales
(Juvenile Literature) 1996 47 p. Paperback
Selected and retold Tuvan Folk Tales, by Kira Van Deusen, (Bellingham, WA: Udadan Books). The eight colorful tales in this book come from Tuva, a small republic located at the geographic center of Asia. Tuvans are traditionally master horsemen, caring for large herds of cattle, sheep, yaks and camels in the steppes of Central Asia. Their history is long and their culture rich in story and music. Shyaan Am! is suitable for children 7 and up and for adults. With introduction, black and white illustrations, and glossary.
(Grades 7 - Adult) 1995 CD-ROM
Stretching from the eastern Chinese metropolis of Xian to the shores of the Indian Ocean, the Silk Road has historically been a path not only for the exchange of goods, but also for the exchange of religion, philosophy, cultural practices, technology - and people. Combining audio narration, maps, indigenous sounds and music, and beautiful full-color photographs, this CD-ROM takes users on a journey of enlightenment as it examines the peoples who live along the Silk Road, their religions, their languages, the road's history, the exploits of those who have explored it, and the Silk Road region today. Along the way, users can engage in a number of interactive onscreen activities, such as building a Kirghiz yurt, trying to decipher the body language of other cultures, or experimenting with a "Life Simulator" that illustrates Buddhist beliefs about death and reincarnation. Finally, students can enter "Dunhuang University" and tackle multiple-choice quizzes that review the program's information.
Silk Road, Calliope: Exploring World History
(Grades 5 - 8) 2002 49 p. paperback
Brief articles, richly illustrated in full color, convey the history of the Silk Road. Among the topics: early nomadic shepherds; the spread of Buddhism, musical influences, language, and microbes; and the Kushan "lost civilization." Particularly delightful: a comic-book style retelling of the legend of "The Lotus Girl," a story that symbolizes the Silk Road's role in spreading Buddhism.
Silk Road Encounters Education Kit
(Teaching Resource) 2001 44 p. Source book (with audio CD) 44 p. Teacher's Guide Paper Folder
Packet developed by The Silk Road Project and Asia Society. As a symbol of the crossroads among civilizations, peoples and cultures, the Silk Roads offer rich materials for students to explore diverse but interrelated topics on geography, trade, art, music, religion, and history. The sourcebook has a CD, visual sampler, and reference materials. The Teacher's Guide has inter-active activity plans.
Social Currents in Eastern Europe: The Sources and Meaning of the Great Transformation
(Teaching Resource) 1991 433 p. Softcover
Sabrina Ramet, (Durham, NC: Duke Univ Press). Feminism, religion, and rock music have all played crucial roles in the recent revolutionary changes in Eastern Europe. Ramet examines both the meanings and sources of various social currents – intellectual dissent, feminism, religious activism, the formation of independent youth cultures and movements, and trade unionism in seven communist countries: East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, and Bulgaria. She also highlights the powerful force of Albanian irredentism in Kosovo.
Sourcebook on Asian Trade in the Middle Ages
(Adult) 1986 59 p. bound Xerox copies
Compiled by Professor of History/University of Washington, Daniel Waugh, who specializes in Central Asia, for Seattle Art Museum's teacher workshop on "Objects of Trade." Charts, maps.
Soviet Policy Toward Western Europe: Implications for the Atlantic Alliance
(Teaching Resource) 1983 322 p. Softcover
Edited by Herbert Ellison, (Seattle: University of Washington Press). This book’s central interest is the period beginning in the late 1960s, with emphasis on the years since the mid-1970s when confidence in détente began to weaken. The two nations most important for Soviet Policy, West Germany and France have been allotted separate chapters.
Soviet Political Poster 1917-1980
(Teaching resource) 1985 202 p. Oversized Softcover (boxed)
(Middlesex, UK: Penguin Books). This poster catalogue with an introductory article presents a collection of Soviet political posters housed in the Lenin Library in Moscow covering the period from 1917-1980.
Soviet Successor States and Eastern Europe: Teacher's Guide
(High School - Adult) 1993 248 p. Blue 3-ring binder
Prepared by the Indiana University Russian and East European Institute. The purpose of this guide is to provide teachers with an up-to-date overview of the histories, cultures and current issues concerning the region of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. (2nd copy is a White 3-ring binder). Maps.
(The) Soviet Union
(Teaching Resource) 1982 280 p. Oversized Paperback
(Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly). A quick reference tool for key facts, people, the land, and history of the The Soviet Union, including biographies, chronology (1964-1982), major events list (1900-63), selected documents, major US - Soviet Treaties, bibliography and index, with tables, figures and maps.
(Grades 4 - 8) 1993 60 p. Paperback
Susan Finney, (Torrance, CA: Good Apple). Social Studies activity book about: The Land and People of the Soviet Union Today. Details about each of the newly independent states are provided along with their distinct historical, economic, geographic and artistic differences. Activities involve children in an in-depth study of today's ever-changing events. Illustrated.
Soviet Union in Maps: Its origin and development
(Grades 7-12) 1965 32 p. Softcover
Edited by Harold Fullard, (London : George Philip & Son). This book includes 32 maps showing: the history of Russia (beginning 13th century) through the USSR and the climates, natural resources, agriculture, industry, language, and ethnic populations of the USSR.
Soviet Union: In Pictures
(Grades 7 - 12) 1993 64 p. Hardcover
Visual Geography Series, (Minneapolis: Lerner Co). This series introduces the young adult to the people (their history, economy and government) and the land of Bulgaria. Black and white and color photographs, maps. In this series REECAS also owns Hungary (1993), and Bulgaria (1994).
Spotlight on Inner Asia: The Bizarre Bazaar
(Teacher & Student Resource Guide) 2000 284 p. White 3-ring binder
Hazel Sara Greenberg, Project Director, (NY: American Forum for Global Education). This set of curricular units contains maps, a time chart, teacher background readings, glossary, and a teacher's guide (suggested methodology and approaches).
Units included are: Imagining Inner Asia Geographically (Landscape/Climate, Settlements/Dwellings), Movement Across the Region Influences Cultural Interactions (Migration/Exploration, Trade, Religion, Culture/Customs), Mongolian Conquest Influencing History (Mongolian Customs/Traditions, Mongol Heroes and Achievements), Inner Asia in the Modern Global World (Politics/Nationhood, Society in Transition, Economy /Development, Environment)
Survey of World Cultures: Russia and the Former Soviet Republics
(Basic Level and Special Ed) 1993 147 p. Paperback
Ed Brandt, (Circle Pines, MN: American Guidance Service). This textbook and teacher's guide discusses history, geography and climate, the arts and sciences, government and life today in Russia. Black and white photographs, graphic illustrations.
Systematic History of International Relations 1918-2003. (Sistemnaya Istoriya mezhdunarodnyh otnoshenii v 4 tomah)
Volume 3 (1945-2003) (Teaching Resource) 2003 718 p. Hardcover
Edited by Alexsei D. Bogaturov. Vol. 3 explores the period after WWI through 2003 with a special attention to the process of establishing and the evolution of Yalta-Potsdam Order, “confrontation stability” in 1962-1991, international consequences of the collapse of the USSR, and formation of a new world order. It provides insight into international relations in regional subsystems - Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle & Near East, Latin America and Africa. Recommended for teachers, scholars, students and those interested in the history of diplomacy and the foreign policy of Russia. Russian.
Tale of Czar Saltan
(Juvenile Literature) 1975 18 p. Hardcover
[Engligh Title: The Prince and the Swan Princess] Alexander S. Pushkin (Russian, 1799-1837), (NY: Crowell). Pushkin is a well known literary figure producing plays (most notably 'Eugene Onegin' and 'Boris Godunov'), poetry and folk poems like Tale of Czar Saltan. Beautiful color illustrations.
Tale of the Tsar Sultan, his Son Prince Gvidon Sultanovich and Fairy princess Swan
(Juvenile Literature) 1987 80 p. Oversized Hardcover
[English Title: The Prince and the Swan Princess] Alexander S. Pushkin (Russian, 1799-1837), (Moscow: Malysh). A well know Russian fairy tale in verse. Color illustrations. Russian.
Tale of the Golden Cockerel
(Juvenile Literature) 1975 14 p. Hardcover
Alexander S. Pushkin (Russian, 1799-1837), (NY: Crowell). Pushkin is a well known literary figure producing plays (most notably 'Eugene Onegin' and 'Boris Godunov'), poetry and folk poems like The Golden Cockerel. Beautiful color illustrations.
Teaching about the Soviet Successor States: A Teachers Guide & Resource
(Grades 9 - 12) 48 p. Pamphlet
Developed by Adrian Chan for the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. This guide contains activities and handouts including, a map, political cartoons, glossary, timeline, pre-test, and resource list.
Teaching Russian Studies
(Grades 4 - 9) 1996 219 p. White 3-ring binder
Winpenny and Cadwell, (Center for Teaching International Relations, University of Denver, CO). A set of teaching units covering geography, history, language, culture, and art. Includes over fifty activities with hand outs, cassette.
Teaching Soviet Studies: History, Language, Culture, Art
(Grades K - 8) 1991 189 p. White 3-ring binder
Winpenny and Cadwell, (Center for Teaching International Relations, University of Denver, CO). A set of teaching units covering geography, history, language, culture and art. Includes over fifty activities with hand-outs, cassette and slides.
Ten Lessons in Comparative Government
(Grades 9 - 12) 1994 10 lessons
Published by DAC Educational Publications, this teacher's guide has been designed to augment the instruction in a comparative government class. The lessons can be approaced in any order. Contains lessons on interest groups, political leaders, political spectrum, steps toward democracy, a simulation on a united Europe, three comparison charts and a history of European integration.
Troubled Balkans: History's Dangerous Legacy
(Grades HS - College) 1996 18 p. Journal with map
Understanding Global Issues (A periodic briefing with topic map, illustrations, charts, facts and analysis.) The world has changed profoundly since the assassination in Sarajevo which sparked the First World War. Yet the Balkans remain a dangerous tinderbox. The war in the former Yugoslavia has shown that, even in supposedly civilized Europe, barbarous tribal instincts can rise to the surface when nationalism gets out of hand. Could it happen elsewhere?
(Grades HS - College) 1998 CD-ROM (Microsoft Windows only)
This powerful interactive world history CD-ROM explores the impact of the important people and events that shaped the 20th century. Utilizing role play, investigation, and decision-making activities, students gain a complete understanding of history in three key areas: The Struggle for Peace, Societies in Change, and Superpower Relations. Topics are supported by 800 pictures, 70 full-color maps, and 90,000 words of text. The Odyssey Scrapbook, on a separate CD-ROM, allows students to create an actual presentation by combining material from the program with other audio, visual, and text sources. Topics covered: Kaiser Wilhelm, World War I, Treaty of Versailles, Peace Treaties in Eastern Europe, League of Nations, Communism, Capitalism, Fascism, Yalta Conference, NATO, Warsaw Pact, Korean War, Hungarian Revolution, Czechoslovakian Revolution, Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam War, Space Race, Arms Race to Détente.
Turkmenistan: Then and Now Series
(Grades 6 - 12) 1993 56 p. Hardcover
Prepared by the Geography Dept. of Lerner Publications Co., this series covers the republics that have emerged from the former Soviet Union. To provide the most accurate, timely, and comprehensive information, photographs, maps, and charts, Lerner enlisted the help of dozens of researchers, writers, and photographers. Included in the series REECAS also owns the following: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Color photographs.
Ukraine: Then and Now Series
(Grades 6 - 12) 1993 56 p. Hardcover
Prepared by the Geography Dept. of Lerner Publications Co., this series covers the republics that have emerged from the former Soviet Union. To provide the most accurate, timely, and comprehensive information, photographs, maps, and charts, Lerner enlisted the help of dozens of researchers, writers, and photographers. Included in the series REECAS also owns the following: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Color photographs.
Uzbekistan: Then and Now Series
(Grades 6 - 12) 1993 56 p. Hardcover
Prepared by the Geography Dept. of Lerner Publications Co., this series covers the republics that have emerged from the former Soviet Union. To provide the most accurate, timely, and comprehensive information, photographs, maps, and charts, Lerner enlisted the help of dozens of researchers, writers, and photographers. Included in the series REECAS also owns the following: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine. Color photographs.
Welcome to the Czech Republic
(Teaching Resource) 2005 CD-ROM
Developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Promotion Dept. (Prague, 2005). Presentation includes general information, Trade and Economy, History and Culture, Education and Science, Nature and Environmental Protection, Sports, Travel and Tourism and Prominent Personalities of the Czech Republic. Languages available on CD are Czech, English, Slovak, French, Spanish and German.
Western Amerykanski: Polish Poster Art & the Western
(Teaching Resource) 1999 229 p. paperback
Edited by Kevin Mulroy. In postwar Poland, film poster artists employed the universally recognized symbols of the western to convey violence as a negative force. Unlike many other art forms, the poster did not fall within the censor's domain because it was not expected to pose a threat to the social order. But messages were conveyed through subtle means of symbol and color. The Polish poster has been likened to the Trojan horse, with the artist smuggling messages onto the streets in the guise of ephemera. The posters displayed here are from 1940's - 1970's, the golden age of Polish poster making.
Woman of Steel: A Tuvan Epic
(Juvenile Literature) 2000 38 p. Paperback
Translated and retold by Kira Van Deusen, (Vancouver: Udagan Books). Long before the days of Genghis Khan, women warriors were fighting battles on the Asian steppes to protect family and friends. The warrior's spiritual path leads to an opening of the heart, allowing the bold and compassionate heroine to defeat her enemies, restore peace and prosperity to the land, find her life's partner, and bring her father back to life. This is one of Tuva's best-loved epics. Black and white illustrations by Alexei Sedipkov.
Wonderful Bast Shoes (Chudesnye lapotochki)
(Children’s Literature) 1989 Russian
Compiled by L. Eliseyeva this colorful book introduces Russian fairy tales including the tale About Ivan the Fool (retold by A. M. Gorkii), The Sun, the Moon and the Crow, Emelya and at Pike’s Command, A Talkative Old Woman, Herdsman’s Pipe, and A Story About Laziness.
World Religions – The great faiths explored & explained
(High School – Adult) 2006 216 p. Softcover
By John Bowker (New York, NY: DK Publishing, Inc.) World Religions looks at the beliefs and practices of many different religions, from the ancient Egyptians to Zoroastrianism -- the oldest "living" religion -- and the great faiths practiced today. Each of the major faiths -- Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Islam -- is examined in detail through its sacred texts, epic imagery, key beliefs, and religious artifacts. The distinctive identities of different faiths are explored in World Religions by studying the main principles and thinking of each religion. The book's reproduction allows the symbolism and meaning in religious imagery and iconography to be revealed in great detail.
World War II: Global Conflict & Sources and Analysis
(Grades 7 - Adult) 1995 2 CD-ROMs 2 User Guides (pamphlets)
These two outstanding CD-ROM resources approach the study of World War II from significantly different tacks. Global Conflict functions primarily as a secondary source, and centers around narrated video documentaries that examine five topics: origins of the war, the blitzkrieg, Japanese expansion and the road to war in the Far East, fighting in Europe from Barbarossa to VE Day, and the war in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki. The videos are supplemented by text passages that highlight important themes, events, and personalities. Sources & Analysis employs a wealth of primary source material drawn from the U.S. National Archives (photographs, documents, film clips, newspapers, radio broadcasts, and posters) to present case studies that investigate specific themes and events, such as GIs in Britain, the internment of Japanese Americans, women at war, propaganda, the Holocaust, D-Day, African Americans' role in the war, and resistance efforts in Axis-held areas.
Wycinanki Polish Cut-Outs
(Teaching Resource) 1978 28 p. Pamphlet
Anna Chrypinski and Martin A. Pack, (Friends of Polish Art). Wycinanki had their beginnings, in the early part of the 19th century when Polish peasants, using materials and tools which were at hand, made beautiful decorations for their homes. It was customary to whitewash the walls of their homes just before Easter. It also became a tradition to cut out intricate paper decorations which would enhance the interior of their dwellings. Paper cutting was often taught by mothers to their children during long winter evenings to keep them entertained. This Polish art reflects the history, religion, and folklore of the country.
(Grades 4 - 9) 1994 100 p. Hardcover
Kate Schecter, (NY: Chelsea House). World Leaders Past and Present series. This biography written for young adults focuses on Yeltsin's rise to political power and his actions as a world leader. Black and white photographs. In this series REECAS also owns, Peter the Great, Vladimir Lenin, and Leonid Brezhnev.
(Grades 5 - 10) 1994 197 p. Paperback 110 p. Spiral-bound Paper 14 min - VHS
A complete teaching unit based on a diary written by an eleven-year old girl who witnessed the horrors of war in Bosnia. Included in this set are a copy of her diary, a video produced by NBC News, and a curriculum unit with five lesson plans (1-Geography and History of Bosnia, 2-Before the war, 3-Literary Style, 4-Wartime Experiences, 5-Changes.)
Music of the Baltic Lands
(All Ages) CD
The University of Washington Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Geoffrey Boers, recorded in live performance of Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian classics. Presented by the UW School of Music and the Baltic Studies Program.
Safar: Journey Tanovar
(All Ages) 2002 53 min - CD
Folk ensemble "Safar" performs traditional folk music of Central Asia using traditional folk acoustical instruments. Percussionist Alisher Tulyaganov is the drummer and arranger for the Tashkent ethno-pop group Yalla, but is also a conservatory-trained classical musician. In collaboration with one of the best-known performers of Uzbek traditional musical, they have created a duet that combines expert musicianship with very traditional ethnic melodies, rhythms and sounds.
Yalla: Beard of the Camel
(All ages) 1995 60 min - CD
The first western release by the leading popular musical group in Central Asia. The music of "Yalla," whose name is an Uzbek word for a song accompanied by dancing, incorporates traditional ethnic folk tunes and poetry of their native Uzbekistan and other Central Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, along with contemporary pop and dance influences, into a unique international blend that spells "d-a-n-c-e" in any language.
Chernobyl, Twenty Years - Twenty Lives
(Grades 9 - College) 2006
Mads Eskesen, Photographer
25 color panels 30 x 30 inches each
Chernobyl, 20 Years - 20 Lives is a photo documentary journey through the lives of 20 people whose lives were forever altered by the devastating nuclear explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26th, 1986. The whole world was shaken when the news about the nuclear catastrophe in Chornobyl, Ukraine, on the border between Ukraine, Belorussia and Russia were heard 20 years ago. In an attempt to understand the implications of the catastrophe on mankind, Eskesen traveled in the affected regions, made interviews and took pictures of the everyday life. These trips have resulted in 20 moving stories about human destinies that have been radically changed by the accident. The images offer an insight into the fate of a few of the victims of Chernobyl and reveal some of the impacts of the continuing catastrophe. To view the exhibition see: http://www.20years20lives.info/20years/.
Heritage of the Russian North
(Grades 9 - College) 2004
William Brumfield, Photographer
20 color panels 16 x 20 inches each
"North" in Russia is a broad concept, but many Russians understand it as a historic region defined by a network of rivers and lakes leading to the White Sea. It is here that ecology, history, and culture have combined to create an area of harsh extremes and extraordinary beauty. After two decades of research and photography in the Russian heartland, I made my first visit to the north in 1991. What I saw met my expectations in every way: the vast northern forests, the rich summer light that seemed to last forever; the remnants of ancient monasteries; and the wooden structures of pine, fir, larch, and aspen that must rank among the most distinctive features of native Russian culture. – William Brumfield, Professor of Architecture, Tulane University. 18 architectural images from the Russian North. plus an introduction and biography.
Art of Soviet-Era Movie Posters
(Grades 9 - College) 2006
Introduction & descriptions by Jose Alaniz
17 panels 23 x 24 inches; plus a bio (23 x 6)
The names of such directors as Sergei Eisenstein, Alexander Dovzhenko, Dziga Vertov, Mikhail Romm and Andrei Tarkovsky ring familiar to many Russians and lovers of Russian cinema the world over. But what of the names Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg, Nikolai Prusakov, Grigorii Borisov, Alexander Naumov, Pyotr Zhukov, Miron Lukyanov? They may not come so easily to mind, but it is in fact men like these which whole generations of Russian filmgoers have to thank for introducing them to such classics as Battleship Potemkin, Earth and Andrei Rublev. For these were the unheralded masters of the Russian film poster or kinoplakat, an often overlooked 20th-century art form. This exhibit celebrates their craft through 16 exemplary works.
Visual Aids (Slides, Postcards, Posters)
For check out, see program coordinator or outreach coordinator.
Battle of Borodino (A Panoramic Painting) 1971
(Izobrazitel’noe Isskustvo: Moscow) 1971 16 color postcards with descriptions in Russian. This set includes a number of fragments of Rubo’s panoramic painting (Battle of Borodino) and few well-known paintings of Russian artists that are exhibited at the museum. The Battle of Borodino (September 7, 1812) was the biggest event of the Patriotic War of 1812.
(Avrora: Leningrad) 1970 16 color postcards of I. Bilibin’s illustrations with descriptions in Russian and English. Bilibin is known for his illustrations of Russian fairy tales and epic legends.
Decorative Birds and Animals (Izobrazitel’noe Isskustvo: Moscow) 1972
12 color postcards The set contains illustrations of characters that came from popular Russian folk tales – The Little Cock with the little Golden Comb, The Bear with the Peg Leg, Little Red Squirrel, The Bird of Paradise (also known as The Bird Of Happiness) and other kind and mean, beautiful and ugly fairy characters.
Kolomenskoye by Viktor Astal’tsev (Sovetskii Khudozhnik: Moscow) 1970
13 color postcards Paintings by Viktor Astal’tsev depicting Kolomenskoye. This 15th century village has become a museum. It originally was a small estate of Moscow prince Ivan Kalita. By XVII it turned into a big tsar country house. Now it is a popular tourist attraction.
Pictures of State Tret’yakov Gallery
(Moscow: Izobrazitelniye iskusstvo, 1988) 16 color plates (in folder). These 16 images are a very small selection from one of the largest collections of paintings in the world. This gallery in Moscow houses paintings from 11th century through the present. Russian.
Portraits of Russian Artists (Moscow: Izogiz) 1960
16 black and white postcards and descriptions in Russian. The set contains the photographs of Russian artists from 18th and 19th centuries with a short list of their works (in Russian).
Portraits of Russian Composers
(Moscow: Izogiz) 1960 16 black and white postcards. The set contains the photographs of Russian composers from 18th and 19th centuries with a short list of their works (in Russian).
Prazsky Hrad [ Prague Castle]
Polish, Russian, German, English and French Karel Neubert, photographer, (Praha: Pressfoto, CTK) A visual tour of the castle with short descriptions on the back of each image (33 color cards and a 23 page introduction).
Princess Frog (Tsarevna – Lyagushka)
(Izobrazitel’noye iskusstvo) 1972 Set of 16 color-postcards with the English translation of folk tale. Illustrations by K. Bokarev for this popular Russian folk tale
Russian Paintings of 19th – early 20th century in Omsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts
(Moscow: Izobrazitelnoye Iskusstvo) 1988. 16 color plates with introduction and descriptions. Includes art works by Aivazovskii, Levitan, Repin. Russian.
State Academy Ensemble of Native Dance of the USSR (Planeta: Moscow)
11 color postcards with descriptions in Russian. These photographs represent a few performances of the well-known native dance ensemble directed by Igor Moiseyeva of the USSR.
State Armory of the Moscow Kremlin (Planeta: Moscow)
21 color postcards with descriptions in Russian and English. The State Armory Museum (in the Kremlin) is the oldest Russian museum and an art treasury depository. The museum offers collection of art works of West European goldsmiths of 15th – 17th centuries, a unique collection of thrones, royal crowns and diadems, office objects of state importance, coaches and ceremonial horse accoutrements and other works. The armory is a popular tourist attraction.
Surikov, Paintings of (Izobrazitel’noe Isskustvo: Moscow)
16 color postcards. Surikov (1848-1916) is known for his works depicting significant historical events. His portraits are often sketches for his larger works.
Tale of the Campaign of Igor (Slovo o Polku Igoreve)
(Izobrazitel’noye iskusstvo: Moscow) 1972 15 color postcards with descriptions in Russian. This set is scenes from the Tale of the Campaign of Igor depicted by V. Semenov (painter) with the story in Russian told on the back of each postcard.
Tolstoy in Photographs of Contemporaries (Planeta: Moscow)
21 black and white postcards with descriptions in Russian and English. Photographs of Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) with his contemporaries.
Vardzia: Monastery of the Caves (Aurora: Leningrad) 1972
24 color postcards. The rock complex of Vardzia is an outstanding monument of culture of ancient Georgia sited 1,300 m above sea level, at a distance of 300 km from Tbilisi, in the gorge of the Kura River. Now it is a museum. In the territory of Vardzia one still finds the cave dwellings dating back to the 10th - 12th centuries and the cave monastery of the 12th - 16th centuries. The monastery has a height of 58 m and a length of 500 m. Hundreds of cells, hollowed out of a steep tufa cliff, are arranged in tiers and connected by passages. 450 of them have been restored. The rock complex of Vardzia was built between 1156 and 1185. The murals of the main church were painted in 1184-85; the frescos of the Ananauri church, in the 16th century.
Yasnaya Polyana: Museum and Estate of Tolstoy (Moscow: Pravda, 2 sets)
18 color postcards and descriptions in Russian. Yasnaya Polyana, the birthplace of L.N. Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) and 15 km from the town of Tula. Tolstoy spent 60 years of his life here and wrote “Cossaks” (“Kazaki”), “Polikushka”, “War and Peace”, “Anna Karenina”, “Khadzhi Murat”, most of “Resurrection” and other works. The museum of L.N. Tolstoy was opened on 10 June, 1921by the decree of VTsIK Presidium. It was occupied for 45 days by the German army during the WWII in 1941 which resulted in great damages. Thanks to local population Tolstoy’s house was saved from the fire set by German soldiers.
(Not Specific to REECAS)
Building Bridges: Connecting Classroom & Community through Service-Learning in Social Studies
(Grades 10-Adult) 1997 115 p. Softcover
Rahima C. Wade, ed., (Washington DC: National Council for the Social Studies). Service-Learning is a method teachers are using to connect curriculum with community which fosters civic participation and volunteerism.
Children's Literature in Social Studies: Teaching to the Standards
(Teacher Resource) 1998 189 p. Softcover
DeAn M. Krey, (Washington DC: National Council for the Social Studies). For literature-based instruction in the social studies, this book contains book descriptions and book lists organized thematically.
Facing the Future: People and the Planet: The Curriculum Guide
(Grades 5-12) 2002 110 p. Softcover
This curriculum guide offers inspiring hands-on ways for students to explore global issues. The activities are designed to help students understand key concepts, internalize issues, develop critical thinking skills, and implement sustainable solutions. The lessons are interdisciplinary and can be used in social studies, geography, economics, environmental studies, science, and mathematics classes.
Global Washington Handbook: A Guide for Washington State Elementary and Secondary Schools
1992 372 p. White 3-ring binder
Prepared by David Tremaine and Global WA Writing Team. This project is designed to provide teachers, schools, districts with a cadre of professionally trained global educators who can provide the knowledge, methods & techniques necessary to implement global education at the local level.
Social Studies and the World: Teaching Global Perspectives
2005 142 p. Softcover
The 103rd Bulletin of the National Council for the Social Studies'. Lesson plans and ideas for teaching social studies in a global perspective.
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