As with many of the more tragic/epic events in history, such as wars, I like to present this as a timed slide show that tells the story through pictures and text. Making this especially effective is accompanying it with somewhat somber music to set the proper mood. The effect I'm trying to achieve is the sort that Ken Burns creates in his documentaries.
When I first tried this approach, I was surprised at how much my students liked it. Therefore I've applied it to my lessons on the Byzantine Empire, the Crusades, the disastrous process and results of colonization in Africa, and virtually all my art slide lectures and major wars in history. It can be run as a timed presentation on its own, presented slide by slide for discussion, or integrated into your other lectures.
Because this presentation is such a large file (nearly 300 slides, almost all with pictures), I had to break it up into two parts. The first part deals with the years 1939-42 when Hitler's forces overran much of Europe, including European Russia. The second part starts with the sieges of Leningrad and Stalingrad in 1942 and traces the resurgence and final victory of the allies in 1945.
NOTE: I’m in the process of converting all the Powerpoints to a new color scheme over the next year. If I haven’t converted this Powerpoint to the new color scheme, I’ve included the whole flowchart in the newer color scheme on the second slide, so you can convert the other slides. Also, if you buy the old version now, you can e-mail.me so I can give you the updated version when it’s ready, free of charge.
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