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The Spanish-American War

by Joseph Stromberg, George C. Scott, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (September 14, 2012)

In 1895 Cuba began its struggle for independence from Spain--a struggle that resulted in a demand for US involvement. This demand gained intensity when the USS Maine inexplicably sank in a Havana harbor in...


World War II, Part 2

by Joseph Stromberg, George C. Scott, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (April 13, 2006)

What was the ultimate cost of World War II? For the Axis peoples, it was defeat, humiliation, and economic ruin. For the Allied peoples, the price was more subtle. They had instituted economic and social policies...


The Civil War, Part 2

by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, George C. Scott, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (January 01, 2007)

On April 9, 1865, General Lee surrendered what remained of his Confederate Army. But what had the North won? The United States of America was now one nation, but that nation was crippled by the economic costs...


World War I

by Ralph Raico, George C. Scott, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (October 04, 2012)

By the turn of the twentieth century, the United States had evolved from a British colony into an international power. As a result of the Spanish-American War, America had acquired colonies in both the Atlantic...


World War I, Part 2

by Ralph Raico, George C. Scott, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (April 12, 2006)

President Woodrow Wilson called World War I “a war to make the world safe for democracy.” But the conflict did not result in democracy or safety. Governments restricted personal and economic liberties to...


The Civil War, Part 1

by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, George C. Scott, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (January 01, 2007)

From 1861 to 1865 America was caught in the convulsions of war—The Civil War. No historical event, short of the American Revolution itself, has so deeply affected the United States. The central question involved...


Russia and the Soviet Union

by Ralph Raico, Peter Hackes, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (February 24, 2006)

Recent events have made it clear that the Soviet Union is not a monolith; it’s a collection of nationalities, many with serious objection to union. The demise of communism holds great promise and great danger...


The Middle East

by Wendy McElroy, Sheldon Richman, Harry Reasoner & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (March 24, 2006)

By the end of World War I, Britain had promised control of Palestine both to Arabs and Jews. Each of these peoples claimed a longstanding right to the same piece of land, and violence was inevitable. This presentation...


Science in Antiquity

by Jon Mandaville, Edwin Newman, Jack Sommer & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (February 25, 2006)

The scientific impulse can be said to have existed forever. But only with the written word did there emerge a record of speculations about how and why things happen. Middle Eastern civilizations developed ways...


The Vietnam War: Part 2

by Wendy McElroy, George C. Scott & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (April 02, 2006)

This is the story of a war during which one American president was assassinated, another declined to seek reelection, and a third was discredited. It is the story of a war whose legacy remains with us today...


The Korean War and The Vietnam War, Part 1

by Joseph Stromberg, Wendy McElroy, George C. Scott & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (March 21, 2006)

At the end of World War II, the United States and Soviet Russia vied for dominance around the world. This contest was called the Cold War. Both Korea and Vietnam felt the full brunt of this conflict; each country...


The Spanish-American War and World War I, Part 1

by Joseph Stromberg, Ralph Raico, George C. Scott & Wendy McElroy et al. Knowledge Products (March 31, 2006)

The United States at War Series

By the turn of the twentieth century, the United States had evolved from a colony into an international power. As a result of the Spanish-American War, America acquired colonies...


The Civil War

by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, George C. Scott, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (August 06, 2012)

This volume is a two-part history of the Civil War.

Part I

From 1861 to 1865 America was caught in the convulsions of war--the Civil War. No historical event, short of the American Revolution itself, has so deeply...


The Ratification Debates

by Wendy McElroy, a supporting cast, Walter Cronkite & Ralph Childs et al. Knowledge Products (March 29, 2006)

In the fall of 1787, each of the thirteen states assembled special conventions to consider ratification of a proposed Constitution of the United States. Without ratification by nine conventions, the Constitution...


Ethiopia

by Wendy McElroy, Peter Hackes & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (January 13, 2006)

This rich culture of East Africa, known in the Bible as Abyssinia, claims descent from King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Under a Marxist regime, however, this ancient people has suffered from famine and genocide....


The Mexican-American War

by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, George C. Scott, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (March 23, 2006)

On May 13, 1846, the United States Congress declared war on Mexico. Although the Mexican-American War lasted only 18 months, its consequences were profound. Mexico lost nearly half of its territory to the United...


China

by Murray Sayle, Richard C. Hottelet, Mike Hassell & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (May 01, 2006)

Since Marco Polo, the fabled markets of China have drawn the west like a magnet. This ancient culture has been colonized by foreign powers, buffeted by war and revolution, yet China remains one of the most constant...


Colombia and Panama

by Joseph Stromberg, Richard C. Hottelet, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (May 05, 2006)

Colombia in the 1980s became known for its role in the illegal drug trade, and for political instability and violence caused by this problem. But much of this is a recent development in Colombia’s history...


The Golden Triangle

by Bertil Lintner, Richard C. Hottelet, Mike Hassell & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (March 19, 2006)

Thailand, Laos, and Burma have been known as the “Golden Triangle” because of their historically prominent role in the drug trade. For centuries, these countries have produced the opium that has attracted...


Poland

by Victoria Varga, Peter Hackes, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (February 18, 2006)

The breakdown of Europe’s Eastern Bloc proves that the map of Europe cannot be redrawn merely to serve political ends. Perhaps no country illustrates this more clearly than Poland, whose borders often have...


The Mediterranean Basin

by Ralph Raico, Richard C. Hottelet, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (March 22, 2006)

The lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea contain some of the oldest cultures on Earth. Italy and the other countries of Europe and North Africa have played a central role in various expanding empires, and...


Mexico

by Joseph Stromberg, Peter Hackes, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (February 08, 2006)

In 1540, Mexico was declared to be New Spain. With a diverse culture and great natural resources, it should have prospered like its northern neighbor. But Mexico's history includes political corruption, war,...


South Africa

by Joseph Stromberg, Harry Reasoner, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (March 03, 2006)

South Africa has become the world’s symbol of racism. From the moment the Dutch colonists set foot on the Cape in 1652, this nation has steered a straight course toward apartheid, resulting in consistent civil...


The Korean War and The Vietnam War

by Wendy McElroy, Joseph Stromberg & George C. Scott Knowledge Products (August 14, 2012)

Following World War II, the United States and Soviet Russia vied for dominance around the world in an intense contest called the Cold War. Both Korea and Vietnam felt the full brunt of this conflict, and each...


Exploring and Mapmaking

by Ian Jackson, Edwin Newman, Jack Sommer & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (January 14, 2006)

While astronomers charted the heavens, geographers and cartographers mapped the earth’s exotic land and seas. Commerce and navigation exploded as mapmakers and bold explorers built on each other’s achievements;...


World War II

by Joseph Stromberg, George C. Scott, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (October 08, 2012)

World War II redrew the map of the world. No longer would Europe be the center of power. As the continent exhausted itself in yet another war, two new nations with conflicting ideologies were rising to prominence:...


The War of 1812

by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, George C. Scott, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (April 04, 2006)

The United States emerged from the American Revolution still engaged in old world politics. In particular, America faced all the trade restrictions of the British Navigation Acts. As a result, the United States...


Central Europe

by Ralph Raico, Richard C. Hottelet, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (April 28, 2006)

Central Europe’s ancient civilizations have long been dominated by empires: the Roman Empire, the Habsburg Empire, based in Austria, and more recently, the Soviet Communists. But the decline of communism in...


India and Pakistan

by Gregory Kozlowski, Peter Hackes, Mike Hassell & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (January 24, 2006)

As one of the world's most ancient civilizations, India presents a rich mosaic of political, religious, and cultural influences. In 1947, this vast region was split; Pakistan was created to separate Muslims...


The Philippines

by Wendy McElroy, Harry Reasoner & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (March 26, 2006)

Strategically located, the Philippine Islands have been one of the keys to American policy in the Pacific. But this loose island chain has a bitter history, vacillating between oppression and rebellion. America's...


Ireland

by Wendy McElroy, Harry Reasoner & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (January 26, 2006)

The “isle of poets and scholars” has known almost constant warfare for centuries. In 1920, it was divided into North and South. Yet this purely political solution left a religious and cultural schism intact....


Central America

by Joseph Stromberg, Harry Reasoner, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (April 27, 2006)

A cluster of five countries; Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica; are commonly referred to as Central America. Although these nations differ in their histories and politics, they share...


Cuba

by Joseph Stromberg, Harry Reasoner, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (January 03, 2006)

This island was once a clearing house for importing slaves into the New World. It later became one of the world’s few remaining bastions of Marxism, proclaiming socio-economic equality. In both forms, Cuba...


The American Revolution

by George H. Smith, George C. Scott, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (August 03, 2012)

In 1776 the thirteen American colonies, refusing to pay unjust taxes, declared their independence from Britain. The resulting years of war became known as the American Revolution, but many of the Founding Fathers...


Chile and Argentina

by Mark Szuchman, Richard C. Hottelet, Mike Hassell & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (April 30, 2006)

The "southern cone" of South America has a vibrant yet checkered history. Argentina in 1920 was a productive and wealthy nation, yet by the 1980s was reduced to virtual third world status. Chile has a long history...


Nigeria and West Africa

by Wendy McElroy, Richard C. Hottelet & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (February 13, 2006)

With a culture dating back to at least 700 BC, West Africa has a long and rich history. British influence after the sixteenth century, and especially in the eighteenth century, changed the region’s course....


The Persian Gulf States

by Joseph Stromberg, Peter Hackes, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (March 25, 2006)

More than half of the world’s oil comes from Persian Gulf states. Political instability and religious strife there threaten to interrupt the world’s economic routines. Two presentations examine the history...


Germany

by Ralph Raico, Harry Reasoner, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (January 19, 2006)

Germany is historically one of the most important of all nations. Since emerging from its days as a Roman province, Germany (including Prussia) has had a central role in European affairs. It has reached the...


The American Revolution, Part 2

by George H. Smith, George C. Scott, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (May 05, 2010)

In 1776, the thirteen American colonies, refusing to pay unjust taxes, declared their independence from Britain. The resulting years of war are called the American Revolution, but many founding fathers believed...


The American Revolution, Part 1

by George H. Smith, George C. Scott, Wendy McElroy & Pat Childs Knowledge Products (March 11, 2006)

In 1773, Britain was the greatest power on earth, but the Seven Years War with France had doubled her national debt. To ease this burden, Britain made a fateful blunder: to impose special taxes upon the American...


The Federalist Papers

by George H. Smith, Wendy McElroy, Don Jones & Robert Wynne et al. Knowledge Products (January 01, 2006)

The US Constitution was approved by the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. It was to become law only if it was ratified by nine of the thirteen states. New York was a key state, but it contained...


Medieval Science

by Jack Sanders, Edwin Newman, Jack Sommer & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (February 07, 2006)

Many believe the “Middle Ages” lacked progress, yet during this time algebra was developed, and Islamic scholars preserved and extended Greek thought (which otherwise was lost). Metallurgy (and its speculative...