Sunday, January 31, 2010

SS4.1.5 Iraq-Kuwait Conflict

Period I: Why did conflict break out between Iraq and Kuwait in 1991? What were some attempts to resolve the conflict?
Period II: Why did war break out between Iraq and Kuwait in 1991? What were some responses to the invasion?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

WH3.1.5 Impact of Stalin's Rule

Period I: Stalin's Industrialisation & Collectivisation
Period II: Stalin's Proganda & Purges

You can view more clips on Stalin here:

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sec 4 SS Revision Test

Social Studies Revision Test

4D on 26 Jan 10 1415 - 1500;
4H on 3 Feb 10 1120 - 1155.
Time: 45 mins
SEQ a)& b)in any mix from 2009 SA2
to be submitted with 09 holiday assignments.

WH3.1.4 Russian Revolutions & the Rise of Stalin

Period I: Why did the Russian Revolutions break out in 1917?
Period II: How did Stalin rise to power?

Skills focus: Inference

You can view the rest of the clips on the Russian Revolution here:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

WH3.1.3 Disarmament & Locarno Era

Period I: SEQ review
The following were equally important reasons why the Germans hated the Treaty of Versailles: Loss of Land, Reparation and Limitation on its military. HFDYA?

Period II: Disarmament Conference til the end of Locarno Era; Onset of Great Depression

SS4.1.3 Causes of Conflicts

Period I: SBQ Practise on the Falkland War
Period II: Diplomacy

Period I: SEQ Class Assignment-Test:
Was the intervention of the USA more a help than a hindrance in resolving the Korean War? EYA. (13)
Period II: Diplomacy

Notes on Chapter on Deterrence & Diplomacy to be ready for checking.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

SS4.1.2 Causes of Conflicts

Period I: Identifying & Explaining Causes of Conflicts
Period II: SBQ Practise on the Falkland War

Notes on Chapter on Deterrence & Diplomacy to be ready for checking.

SEQ Class Assignment-Test:
Was the intervention of the USA more a help than a hindrance in resolving the Korean War? EYA. (13)

4H: 14 Jan
4D: 19 Jan 

WH3.1.2 Paris Peace Conference & Treaty of Versailles

Period I: Complete worksheet on Impact of WWI
Period II: SEQ on Chapter 2

Notes on Chapter 2 to be ready for checking.

More details about this chapter is here.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

A piece of historic Berlin opens in Bedok Reservoir Park

Part of the Berlin Wall on display in Singapore. The piece titled Kings Of Freedom, by well-known German graffiti artist Dennis Kaun, depicts a colourful, joyful king representing West Germany and a pale, blindfolded one, signifying East Germany. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

QUIETLY, with only a handful of Bedok Reservoir Park regulars watching, a little bit of history was made yesterday, or rather, uncovered.

At 5.30pm, workers took the wraps off four panels - each 4m high - of the Berlin Wall that are going on display in Bedok Reservoir Park.

The low-key unveiling was a deliberate move by the organisers.

Said Ms Jennie Chua, who chaired the fund-raising committee for the project: 'The centrepiece is the wall and you don't need the razzmatazz to express the meaning of the wall. The panels speak for themselves.'

Added Ms Chua, who is Singapore's non-resident Ambassador to Slovakia: 'This is a piece of important history and to do anything else but have a low-key, dignified ceremony would not be correct.'

Indeed, even the launch ceremony later in the evening was simple.

The 300 guests - including Foreign Minister George Yeo and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Hwee Hua - gathered before a small stage in front of the historic panels to listen to a few speeches. After that, they tucked into a buffet that included fried noodles and satay.

During his speech, Mr Yeo stressed that the panels were not simply a reminder of the past. 'The wall should not only be a dry relic from the past from a faraway place, but a living heritage, an icon which draws people to it, provoking thought and discussion.'

That the panels found their way to the heartland, he explained, can be put down to 'happy coincidences'.

Their owners - American oil industry veteran Robert A. Hefner III and his Singapore-born wife MeiLi - are Mr Yeo's friends.

They had initially wanted to exhibit them with their collection of Chinese oil paintings at Singapore's National Museum in 2008. But the museum was not interested in the wall.

Instead of abandoning the idea, the Foreign Minister suggested hosting the wall in his constituency.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Mr Hefner said he hoped the wall could become an inspiration to Singaporeans.

'It represents the spirit of personal freedom and I hope people in this part of the world can come here and think about what it meant to the world,' he said.

The panels were obtained by the Hefners in 1990, a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, which was built in 1961 to stop East Berliners from fleeing their communist state to West Berlin.


Sunday, January 03, 2010

Who says History is about dead people and forgotten things?

Can you ever shake off the past? It may be 2010, but have you completely left 2009 behind? Is it even possible? History is about living things and people who never forget!

Agenda for Term 1 week 1
1. Check on completed SEQs you did not attempt in SA2 for both SS and HE.
2. Check on notes for Cold War (HE) and Diplomacy-Deterrence (SS).
3. Check on completed notes for previous chapters covered in 2009.

4. Review of SA2 Social Studies. Bring your question papers!